Sailing on the Schooner Fame

Yesterday was my sister’s birthday.  We went down to Salem, Mass. and after visiting the wonderful Peabody Essex Museum, and being throughly “witched” by Salem’s more touristy side* we were looking for something cool to finish our day.
*Salem was the site of the witch trials of 1692, and because of that has been built into a major tourist destination around both the witch trial history and the rather large Wiccan and pagan community that has made the town theirs in recent years.
We were walking along, talking about how nice it would be if we could find a harbor cruise, we rounded  a corner and there was a sign advertising sailing on the Schooner Fame, a modern replica of an 1812 privater (essentially a pirate ship that was sanctioned by the government of the time.)
They had a sunset cruise leaving at 6, and we were going to be on it.
I have to say, this was an absolute blast. It was a perfect evening, and being on the boat was lovely.  The crew was wonderful, and taught us as much about sailing as we wanted to know.  It was really fascinating.

They even let me help rase the sails.

More pictures of our lovely evening

By the way, if you happen to be heading to Salem, they’ll be sailing through October…
  • aw

    Simply wonderful day spent…thanks for sharing.

  • aw

    Simply wonderful day spent…thanks for sharing.

  • Oh, fun! Salem is on my list of places to see and experience. (I was in Plymouth, once, for training for work but didn’t have time for anywhere else.) I love the touristy bits of a place just as much as the hidden local spots–like when I go home to Louisiana, I always have to play tourist in the French Quarter no matter how many times I’ve been there!

    • admin

      it really is a fun place to spend the day. my suggestion – pick one, at most two of the witch history attractions, they all tell the same story in slightly different ways, and it can be VERY repetitive. And don’t skip the Peabody Essex Museum – one of the finest collections of china trade and asian art in the country.

  • Oh, fun! Salem is on my list of places to see and experience. (I was in Plymouth, once, for training for work but didn’t have time for anywhere else.) I love the touristy bits of a place just as much as the hidden local spots–like when I go home to Louisiana, I always have to play tourist in the French Quarter no matter how many times I’ve been there!

    • admin

      it really is a fun place to spend the day. my suggestion – pick one, at most two of the witch history attractions, they all tell the same story in slightly different ways, and it can be VERY repetitive. And don’t skip the Peabody Essex Museum – one of the finest collections of china trade and asian art in the country.

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  • wow, looks like you had a good time. I would love to go on a schooner particularly in such nice weather!

  • wow, looks like you had a good time. I would love to go on a schooner particularly in such nice weather!

  • What a wondeful way to spend the day – sailing a schooner!

  • What a wondeful way to spend the day – sailing a schooner!

  • Tina

    What a lovely time Andy! Looks like you were soaring with the sails there 🙂