Designer and Consultant
Well-known naval architect Melbourne Smith is the designer of Lynx.
A designer and builder of historical sailing vessels for more than 25 years, Smith
career in 1975 after 20 years of ocean and coastal sailing.
In addition to Lynx
, other ships he
has designed are the U.S. Brig Niagara, Californian, Spirit of Massachusetts, Pride of Baltimore and Federalist.
A recognized marine illustrator with ship prints published by the U.S.
Naval Institute and American Heritage Press
, Smith is president of the International Historical Watercraft Society
also serves as co-chairman of Advisors to the National Maritime Historical Society
and is a trustee of the American Ship Trust
In addition, Smith founded the American Clipper Trust, a not-for-profit organization which plans to construct the 1845 clipper ship, Sea Witch; its goal is to provide an experiential approach to maritime archeology as a working example.
is a resident of Annapolis, Maryland where he
lives with his
wife, Lilith, and is currently leading national efforts to establish the American Clipper Ship Museum
is also now working with the Fair American Historic Foundation
to research, design and build the 1790 flagship of King Kamehameha's war fleet that helped unify the Hawaiian islands.