The Lynx Educational Foundation, operators of Privateer Lynx, announced Tuesday that the ship returns to its new winter home port of Fort Myers Beach today.
Lynx is expected to be greeted with fanfare upon its return after a week-long visit to St. Petersburg.
"We are anxious to return to Fort Myers Beach and implant ourselves into the community," said Jeffrey Woods, executive director of Lynx Educational Foundation. "We are surrounded by friends in Fort Myers Beach and we are looking to expand our presence and our educational experience within the community."
The ship arrives at non at Nervous Nellies with deck guns blazing on Feb. 1. The local community will partake in the festivities, including bagpipers, color guard, the North Estero drum line and more. Terry Stewart, Fort Myers Beach town manager, will perform a rendition of the National Anthem as well.
Invitations have been extended to state and local government dignitaries.
Prior to a Jan. 10 announcement, Lynx did not have a designated winter port on the East Coast. Since then, the ship has had several thousand visitors and more than 700 people have taken two-hour sailing excursions from Fort Myers Beach. In honor of Fort Myers Beach, the flag of the community will fly from the ship's mast as it travels throughout the Great Lakes this summer.
A schedule of upcoming ship tours and sailaways can be found at www.privateerlynx.com.