• Salem Maritime National Historic Site

    Salem Maritime

    National Historic Site Massachusetts

Sailing Vessel <i>Peacemaker</i> to visit Salem Maritime National Historic Site

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Date: August 7, 2009
Contact: Emily Murphy, 978-740-1691
Contact: Colleen Bruce, 978-740-1694

From August 19 to the 25th, Salem Maritime will welcome the 400 ton barquentine Peacemaker to historic Central Wharf. “We are committed to having a lively visiting vessel program at Salem Maritime National Historic Site,” said site Superintendent Patricia Trap, “and Peacemaker is a beautiful modern example of the traditional shipbuilder’s art.”

Peacemaker originally built in 1989 in Brazil and intended as a charter vessel by a Brazilian industrialist. She was never completed, however, and in 2000, she was purchased by a community known as the Twelve Tribes. The Twelve Tribes community finished construction on the vessel, rigged her as a barquentine, and in 2007 began sailing her as an experiment in communal living at sea. Peacemaker will be open to the public for free from August 20 to 24, 10 am to 7 pm on weekdays, and 10 am to 9 pm on the weekend during the Antique and Classic Boat Festival. For more information, call 978-740-1660.

For more information on the Antique and Classic Boat Festival, click here. This link will open in a new window.

For more information about Peacemaker, click here. This link will open in a new window.

Did You Know?

On a sunny day, a small boat motors past the 1871 lighthouse at the tip of Derby Wharf.

Salem native Captain John Derby was the first to bring news of the Battle of Lexington and Concord to England when he sailed from Derby Wharf in April 1775. In 1783, Captain John Derby was also the first person to bring news of the signing of the Treaty of Paris to America.