” US Navy Schooner LYNX — Lost at Sea, 1820 “
On 11 January 1820, the schooner Lynx, commanded by Lieutenant J. R. Madison, departed St. Mary’s, Georgia bound for Kingston, Jamaica to continue her service suppressing pirates. She was never heard from again. Despite the schooner, USS Nonsuch’s, search for Lynx, no trace of her or her 50 man crew was ever found.
Confusingly enough, this is not the privateer Lynx that the current Lynx claims to be a representation of. That ship was launched in 1812 and captured in 1813, renamed the Mosquidobit, and sunk somewhere in the Med, whereas this ship was launched in 1814. This picture gives a good idea of the rig of a Baltimore Clipper, with running forestays on the main, loose-footed overlapping foresail, and multiple kites on the foremast.
Fun fact for the day.