Sailing several times a day, with departures form Pickering Wharf, this replica of a famous 1812 privateer schooner offers a ... More
Fame, The Salem Privateer
Sailing several times a day, with departures form Pickering Wharf, this replica of a famous 1812 privateer schooner offers a unique sailing and cruising experience, as one tours historical sites aboard a ship that itself bespeaks history.
The 1812 'Chewbacco' schooner FAME will give you your $25 worth of sailing as she spends and hour and a half tacking back and forth outside Salem harbor. A fun and interesting day with beer, soda, lemonade, water or munchies at low cost. It is worth the trip alone to have sailed on a very historic vessel such as the privateer FAME. I'm going to go out on her again.
I don't think we really "got" Salem until we found ourselves down at the waterfront. We had a great lunch and then went for a sail on board the FAME. It was very relaxing, the cool breeze was a delight (this was August) and the crew could not have been nicer or more helpful. The captain/owner talked about the history of the original FAME in the War of 1812 and afterward the crew fired the cannon. This was the highight of our trip to Salem as far as we were concerned. Not just recommended -- a must-see.
If you have never sailed in a schooner, it is worth the price, however, I would have rather sailed for half the time at half the price. You just sail in the harbor, so after about 30-40 minutes, you've seen everything you are going to see. It was a cool respite from the heat, but the crew could be a little more conversational with the passengers. Towards the end of the sail, one of the crew members did converse with my husband and myself, but a dialogue betwwen passengers and cre would have made for a more enjoyable trip in my opinion. At least narrarate a little.
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