Sunday, September 11, 2011

Fame of Salem Pt I

I’ve been a big fan of the Fame of Salem since I first saw it sail into Gloucester Harbor after we moved in. After all these years, Becky and I finally took a tourist sail on the Fame Saturday evening. Just a bit of background, The Fame is a replica of a privateer from the war of 1812. Launched in 2003 from the Burnham Shipyard in Essex, the Fame operates from Salem’s Pickering Wharf Marina. If you want to know all the story, you should visit their website, or better yet, take a sail. Fail will be sailing on the weekends throughout October.

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As we arrived for the 5:00 sail, crewmembers Suzanne and Tanis were doing a bit of maintenance. Petroleum jelly is used to lubricate the sail hoops so they do not bind on the mast while hoisting the sails.

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Captain Mike describes the Fame to passengers and informally talks about the history of the original fame and the sailing history of Salem.

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Captain Mike and the helmsman discuss the fate of the man wearing the Ardelle hat.

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Actually, as mentioned earlier, Harold Burnham built the Fame for Mike and I understand that Mike was on hand for much of the Ardelle’s construction.

We chose this night because of the weather. Clear blue skies and low humidity make for a beautiful sail.

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Here, crewman Tanis with help from a volunteer set the main sail.

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Preparing to tack.

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Check back later this week as I will be posting more shots from Salem Harbor. If you are a fan of the Fame, you can see Fame images from earlier posts.

1 comment:

chris said...

wow this looks like a nice sailing boat and a nice experience. Iðm eager to see more shots ;-)

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