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Salem's Friendship plans passenger sails Sept. 3-4

Posted by Amanda Stonely  July 27, 2011 10:00 AM

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Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki

A seagull takes off from the Derby Wharf where the Friendship tall ship is docked in the distance.

The following was submitted by the Essex National Heritage Commission:

Friendship of Salem Passenger Sails
Presented by Essex Heritage in partnership with the National Park Service
221 Essex Street, Suite 41
Salem, MA 01970

Dates: Saturday, September 3, 2011, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, sailing Gloucester to Gloucester
Sunday, September 4, 2011, 10:00 AM - 4:15 PM, sailing Gloucester to Salem, Gloucester Schooner Festival Parade of Sail & Mayor’s Race

Grab your windbreaker, sunglasses and a pair of binoculars for the ride of a lifetime! Essex Heritage, in partnership with the National Park Service, is thrilled to offer this historic opportunity to be the second passenger-crew ever aboard Friendship of Salem. The adventure begins when she travels to and participates in the annual Gloucester Schooner Festival over Labor Day Weekend, September 3 & 4, 2011!

Sail aboard Friendship on Saturday, September 3rd to view the small boat races and arrival of the participating schooners, engage in interpreted maritime history and learn about life at sea. Set sail on Sunday, September 4th to view the Parade of Sail and help sail Friendship back home to her berth on Derby Wharf in Salem. Both excursions are open to the general public. Tickets for this exclusive event are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each ticket ($200 Essex Heritage members/$250 non-members) will provide for a 6 hour sail and opportunities to help sail the vessel as a volunteer crew-member, view the festival’s participating schooners and interact with Park Service interpreters who will share information about the ship and our maritime history.

For more information and tickets for the Friendship of Salem Passenger Sails please visit or call Essex Heritage at 978-740-0444.

About Essex Heritage (Essex National Heritage Commission):
Designated by the US Congress in recognition of the important role that this region played in American history and its significant heritage sites still remaining, the Essex National Heritage Area is comprised of the 34 communities of Essex County, MA. Essex Heritage is a nonprofit agency that manages the Heritage Area, and works in collaboration with the National Park Service to promote public/private partnerships, and develop programs that enhance, preserve and encourage regional awareness of the Area’s unique historic, cultural and natural resources. For more information, visit Essex Heritage at or call 978-740-0444.

About Salem Maritime National Historic Site:
Salem Maritime National Historic Site was designated in 1937, the first National Historic Site in the National Park Service system. The nine acre site includes the homes of merchants and mariners, the Salem Custom House in which the famous author Nathaniel Hawthorne worked, and a replica of the three-masted cargo vessel Friendship. Today, the rangers and volunteers of Salem Maritime NHS continue to inform and inspire visitors with the maritime history of New England and the United States. For more information, visit us on the web at or call 978-740-1650.

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