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…