Former Massena woman to be among crew of large sailing ship to travel Seaway in June
Saturday, May 14, 2011 - 8:07 am

MASSENA -- A former Massena woman will be among the crew of the War of 1812 privateer replica schooner, the Lynx, when it visits Ogdensburg and Clayton in June.

The replica of an 1812 sailing ship will be docked in Ogdensburg June 9 to 12. For tickets to tour or sail on the ship can be ordered online at To enter to win a pair of tickets for a two-hour sail on the St. Lawrence River June 12 from Ogdensburg, visit the contest page.

Elizabeth Foretek, daughter of Lynn Yonally, a former Massena elementary school teacher, was born in Massena and lived there for most of her childhood, Yonally said.

Foretek is chief mate on the ship, and will be boatswain for the St. Lawrence River trip.

The 94-foot tall ship will dock at Frink Park Tuesday, June 14 and stay through Monday, June 20.

The nautical – and aeronautical—tradition continues among the Yonally women. Elizabeth’s grandmother, Lillian Lorraine Yonally was a member of the legendary U.S. Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs, about 1,100 civilian female volunteers who ferried military aircraft stateside and elsewhere during World War II. They had little recognition after the war, but that has changed in recent years. Among many other women volunteer pilots, Lillian last year received the Congressional Gold Medal for her service.

And Elizabeth’s mother is off this weekend to volunteer at Connecticut’s Mystic Seaport, “The Museum of America and the Sea,” full of old sailing ships.