Schooner "Fame"

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Pickering Wharf Marina, Salem, MA 01970 Pickering Wharf Marina, Salem Directions
+19787297600
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Report | 3 days ago
No better way to spend 2 hours than on the water! Beautiful schooner, great crew!
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Report | 7 months ago
If you're planning to sail at a particular time be sure to leave yourself plenty of time to look for parking (especially during Halloween season).
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Report | 7 months ago
It was a wonderful experience. The staff was very informative, friendly & helpful. I would like to go every year! The Schooner Fame gives a nice smooth sail. It did sprinkle a little but without that we wouldn't have seen the gorgeous double rainbow!
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Report | 7 months ago
Get to the ticket booth when it opens as you can't pre-reserve tickets with the Groupon purchase. Great sail! Great staff!
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Report | 8 months ago
Loved this schooner experience! The captain was extremely knowledgeable and willing to share his stories of history and more. A great day on the sea for anyone and everyone!
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Report | 8 months ago
Well worth it ! Excellent sail
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Report | 8 months ago
Dress in layers. It can be much cooler on the boat than on land.
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Report | 8 months ago
We took a cruise on the Schooner FAME last weekend ... Just a fantastic way to spend a few relaxing hours .. The Captain and crew were fantastic with a guided tour of the shoreline and stories of of privateering in early history of America. They also described "FAME" and how she was built. They allow any volunteers to help raise the sails and take turns at the helm. (steering the boat) Wonderful for any age. I spent well over ten years as an entertainer Royal Caribbean Cruises lines and as such have been on countless tours in different parts of the world. I've also owned my own cruising sailboat. I found the trip aboard 'FAME' to be an outstanding experience for all.
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Report | 8 months ago
Very nice tour, excellent crew. Great day on the water.
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Report | 8 months ago
After Labor Day the schooner runs only on weekends, so Groupon ticket holders need to show up at the ticket office in order to reserve a spot for that day. We have a great time - great weather, great crew, and a knowledgeable captain who liked kids. Took a 3PM cruise, so had a great lunch beforehand (there are several places to eat with great views).
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Captain William Webb bellowed to his crewmen, "Ready cannons, bring her to starboard!" as they rounded on the English ship Concord. He wasn't born a soldier, but the English had press-ganged some of his closest friends into slavery on their warships, stolen his family's livelihood, and set his home of Salem, Massachusetts, on the path to financial ruin. Like many other merchants, fishermen, and ship owners, Webb and his crew outfitted whatever boats they could find to fight the English during the War of 1812, and the 70-foot Fame was no exception. The original Fame went on 11 more journeys before being wrecked in 1814 and now lives on as a luxurious home for the retired actors of The Little Mermaid.

The Fame seen around Salem today is a direct replica of that heroic ship, built exactly as the original was in the early 19th century. Passengers on the ship's daily public sails relive the experience of navigating the Atlantic in an traditional, wooden, gaff-rigged schooner. The boat also plays host to weeklong camps, during which kids learn how to sail, tie essential knots, and read charts and maps before camping out for an evening of dumping tea in the ocean.

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