Friday, July 1, 2011

Schooner Fame

Schooner Fame as Mahi Mahi's boat, Finback, passes by.

I got to go for a sail aboard the Schooner Fame this week, and it was a real treat.  Captain Mike and his crew took great care of their passengers as we sailed out into Salem Harbor (and back) on a two-hour sunset sail.


The schooner is a replica of an 1812 Privateer, and it was built locally in Essex at the Burnham Boat Yard.  Sailing on the Fame is a great experience for all ages.  In addition to being immersed into our maritime heritage, you also get to see Pickering Light, Marblehead Light, Hospital Point in Beverly, and some of the loveliest waterfront properties north of Boston!

The sail can be as interactive or relaxing as you want.  My kids raised the main sail, and I spent a considerable portion of our cruise at the tiller.  Two of our fellow passengers were graduates of the Schooner Fame Schooner Camp, which runs throughout the summer for children age 10-14, and they truly loved the camp experience.  
Passing the Salem Ferry
Schooner Fame sails out of Pickering Wharf, adjacent to Victoria Station, at 2:00 PM, 4:00 PM, and 6:00 PM daily.  They have beverages (Coke, Diet Coke, Water, Beer and Wine) for sale on board, as well as a selection of snacks.

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