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Cannon signals arrival of tall ship in Redondo Beach

October 7, 2008 |  4:47 pm

Lynx tall ship

The War of 1812 seemed to start anew when the crew aboard the Lynx fired its cannon, sending gulls and pelicans to harried flight, and alerting townsfolk of its presence.

The tall sailing ship, an interpretation of a privateer that helped defend American freedom against the British navy, entered King Harbor in Redondo Beach this afternoon amid little fanfare and with not enough wind to fill its sails.

The 122-foot topsail schooner will be followed later this week by the 145-foot Californian and both will be available for tours this weekend and next, and participate in the Clean Waterfront Festival on Sunday at Seaside Lagoon.

Dockside tours are Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and battle adventure sails will take place from 2-5 p.m. The schedule repeats on Oct. 18-19. For details and to make reservations call (866) 446-5969.

It's fun for the family, but also a journey back to a romantic era. Be forewarned: The cannon blasts will make you shudder.

I took these photos from aboard a small power boat owned by Philip Friedman of 976-TUNA. Naturally, we fished while on lookout for the Lynx. But alas, all we caught was a lone, rogue bonito.

We may try to greet the Californian -- and catch more fish -- as well.

-- Pete Thomas

Lynx fires cannon