<i>Friendship of Salem</i>
The Salem East Indiaman Friendship was launched in 1797. She made 15 voyages during her career to Batavia, India, China, South America, the Caribbean, England, Germany, the Mediterranean, and Russia. Built for the Salem mercantile firm Waite and Peirce in the South River shipyard of Enos Briggs, she ended her activities as an American merchant vessel when she was captured as a prize of war by the British Sloop of War HMS Rosamond in September 1812.
The replica of Friendship was built by the National Park Service using modern materials and construction methods while retaining the appearance of the original ship.
The Crew of an East Indiaman
For more information:
Download the Friendship of Salem site bulletin (128 KB pdf file)
Issues of Salem Maritime’s occasional newsletter, Pickled Fish and Salted Provisions
Did You Know?
The largest customs duty bill collected at the Port of Salem was $140,761 when the ship Sumatra returned from Canton in 1831.