Moored proudly in Salem Harbor is the majestic reconstruction of the tall ship Friendship of Salem. The original Friendship was built in 1796 for merchants Jerathmiel Peirce and Aaron Waite by the same shipwright that built the Essex which gained fame in the War of 1812.
The Friendship is a 342 ton, 3 masted , square-rigged East Indiaman that made 15 voyages during her career to Batavia, India, China, South America, the Caribbean, England, Germany, the Mediterranean, and Russia in her search for exotic spices, sugar and coffee. Her hold filled with cargo, she would return after a 2 year mission in triumph.
Her career ended when she was taken as a prize of war by the British in September of 1812.
The reconstruction is based on a model of the original Friendship that resides in the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) along with paintings and the ships logs.
The 171 ft. vessel took 2 years to construct in the ship yards in Albany, NY. arriving at the National Park’s Maritime National Historic Site in September 1998. She is the largest wooden, Coast Guard certified, sailing vessel to be built in New England in more than a century.
The new Friendship is part of the National Park Service’s larger exhibit area at Salem Maritime National Historic Site. She is a fully operational sailing vessel but stays close to home so that everyone can come aboard.
The ship is operated by a volunteer crew under supervision of the National Park Service. Friendship sails as an ambassador ship for the Essex National Heritage Area.
She is a beautiful work of art as she sits serenely a rest but it is hard to imagine what everyday life must have been like for the sailors that crewed these merchantmen.
|Name:||Friendship of Salem|
|Owner:||National Park Service|
|Builder:||Scarano Brothers Shipyard|
|Acquired:||September 1, 1998|
|Badge:||Woman in classical dress offering a bouqet of flowers|
|Class and type:||Full rigged ship|
|Length:||171 feet bowsprit to spanker boom|
|Height:||20 feet keel to deck at midship|
|Decks:||main deck, ‘tween deck, and holds|
|Installed power:||onboard generators|
|Propulsion:||21 sails, twin diesel engines|
|Speed:||7.2 maximum / 5.8 average knots|
|Boats and landing
|1 jolly boat|
|Complement:||25 crew, up to 45 persons|