What You'll Get
Contrary to popular belief, boats are actually much safer than cars, which inexplicably sink every time you drive them on water. Take a proper water road ride with this Groupon.
Choose from Two Options
- $20 for a sailing outing for one on the Schooner Fame (up to $35 value)
- $39 for a sailing outing for two on the Schooner Fame (up to $70 value)
Modeled after its eponymous ancestor, which sailed in the War of 1812, the schooner Fame cruises up and down the coast and harbor around Salem three times a day, seven days a week in the summer as passengers slog down beers ($5 onboard) throughout their trip. Public sails depart from Pickering Wharf in downtown Salem. Check the schedule for more info.
Prices vary by age.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Oct 26, 2015. Amount paid never expires. Limit 6 per person, may buy 6 additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Outings scheduled on first come basis and subject to availability and weather conditions, call ahead and check schedule. Not valid 6/15/2015 and 7/4/2015. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Schooner "Fame"
Captain William Webb bellowed to his crew, "Ready the guns, hard to starboard!" as they rounded on the English ship Concord. Webb was a trader rather than a fighter, but the English had press-ganged some of his closest friends into service on their warships, stolen his livelihood, and seized dozens of Salem ships. Like many other merchants, fishermen, and shipowners, 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 modern representation of that heroic ship. It was constructed from oak using the traditional methods of the early 19th century. Passengers on the ship's daily public sails relive the experience of navigating the Atlantic in a 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.