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Sea ambassador: the Spirit of Bermuda in Halifax at the weekend.

The captain of the Spirit of Bermuda will set sail in New Hampshire this week alongside a tall ship captained by his father.

Alex Peacock and Don Peacock — the captain of the tall ship Lynx — are taking part in Sail Portsmouth’s Parade of Sail on Thursday along with the tall ship Kalmar Nyckel and the Piscataqua, a flat-bottomed barge known as a gundalow.

Don Peacock told Seacoast Online: “It’s very unique and a lot of fun. He’s got a lot of friends in the area, as we do, and we’re looking at it as a chance to provide some hospitality to the visiting ships and the visiting crew mates from all three ships and including the gundalow crew.”

Alex Peacock, captain of the Spirit of Bermuda, and father Don Peacock, captain of the Lynx. (Photograph from Seacoast Online)

Alexander Peacock added that it was an unusual opportunity to take part in such an event with your father.

“Not a lot of people get to do that,” he said.

While the Lynx and the Spirit of Bermuda will be sailing together this week, the vessels they were designed to replicate were rivals.

The Lynx, a topsail schooner, was designed to mimic American privateers used to harass British merchant ships during the War of 1812, while the Bermuda sloops like the Spirit of Bermuda were designed to answer their threat.

Alex Peacock said that families during the War of 1812 were displaced, ending up on either side of the conflict.

“It's fairly traditional in some ways,” he added. “You get families displaced all over between the Caribbean, Europe and the United States.”

Don Peacock said: “We are taking on the responsibility of realising the importance and the significance of the potential significance of having fathers and sons, on not only representing tall ships, but representing the British and the American angle of the War of 1812.”

The Spirit of Bermuda is in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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Published August 09, 2022 at 7:51 am (Updated August 09, 2022 at 7:51 am)

Spirit visit to New Hampshire will be a family affair

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