Friday, October 7, 2011

Tall Ship Friendship of Salem Departs for Annual Inspection

The National Park Service tall ship Friendship of Salem departed from Derby Wharf at 7:00 AM on October 5, 2011 for her annual inspection.  She is expected to be away from Salem Maritime National Historic Site for approximately three to six weeks.

Friendship is traveling to Fairhaven Shipyard in Fairhaven, MA, for her annual haul-out and inspection.  “The haul-out is the equivalent of an annual physical examination,” said Salem Maritime’s Acting Superintendent Rita Hennessy. “It gives us a chance to get the ship out of the water, examine the hull and fix any problems that might have developed in the past year.” 

Friendship had a very successful season in 2011, including a trip to New York City that provided leadership training for young National Park Service interns.  Educational programs brought nearly 1000 children from Salem and Essex County to Salem Maritime for school and summer camp programs. “We want to continue to be able to offer this sort of programming to school groups, interns, and the general public, both at sea and at the wharf in Salem,” added Hennessy, “and regular maintenance by our volunteer crew when she is home at Derby Wharf and during annual haul-outs is an important part of making sure that Friendship can operate safely.”   

For more information on the progress of the haul-out, visit Salem Maritime on the web: or follow us on facebook.

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