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    Salem Maritime

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The Salem Maritime Festival

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Come Celebrate Four Centuries of Salem's Maritime Heritage!

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
10am - 4:00pm
Music, Demonstrations, Exhibits, and Children's Activities will be available throughout the park and on Derby Wharf. The 2014 Salem Maritime Festival is hosted by Salem Maritime, your national park in Salem in cooperation with the Essex National Heritage Commission.

Event Contact Information
Kathy Homan, Park Ranger
Kathleen_Homan@nps.gov - (978) 740-1652

 
Having fun at Salem Maritime Festival!

Having Fun at the Festival

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What's in store for you at the 2014 Festival?

Live Music
Free 90-minute Harbor Cruises
Friendship of Salem Ship Tours
Numerous Kids Activities including the Junior Ranger Program
Boat Tours & Demonstrations
Opportunities to Cruise, Sail, Paddle, Row Salem Harbor
Traditional Craft Demonstrations

 
Schooner Fame

Schooner Fame is one of the vessels offering harbor cruises during the Maritime Festival.

Courtesy of Schooner Fame

Harbor Cruises

Probably the most popular feature of the Salem Maritime Festival are the free, 90-minute boat rides around Salem Harbor on:
- Schooner Fame, a full-scale replica of a War of 1812 Privateer
- Ardelle, a Gloucester Schooner
- Sea Shuttle's Endeavour, come aboard and learn about the marine science of Salem Sound!

All Salem Maritime Festival visitors are invited to enter a drawling for one free boat ride on the vessel of their choice. Tickets may be secured via an onsite lottery on the day of the Festival. Random drawings at the Harbor Cruise Tent on Central Wharf will be held 30 minutes prior to each cruise departure.Ticketed passengers (only) should be prepared for immediate departure down the Central Wharf gangway, and will come aboard, meet the crew and join in the hands-on activities. NOTE: All children under the age of 16 years must be accompanied by an adult.

 
Rowing the Jolly Boat

Watch the crew of Friendship row the ship's jolly boat around Derby Wharf.

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Visiting & Participating Vessels

Schooner Fame, Full-scale replica of a War of 1812 Privateer
Schooner Ardelle
Sea Shuttle's Endeavour
Lewis H. Story, authentic replica Chebacco Boat

 
Make your own kites and fly them at the Maritime Festival

Kite making and flying are perennial favorites at the Maritime Festival.

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Children's Activities

Children's activities will take place on the historic wharves. There's an entire Children's Tent of fun crafts to do. Kids can also tour the tall ship Friendship of Salem, and earn Junior Ranger badges by participating in scavenger hunts and other fun activities.On the Derby Wharf beach, the Salem Sound Coastwatch will sponsor a muck walk. Learn about life at low tide in Salem Harbor. Boots will be provided.

 
the Furniture institute of Massachusetts demonstrates cabinetmaking

The Furniture Institute of Massachusetts demonstrates the art of cabinetmaking.

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Demonstrators and Exhibitors

Hands-on demonstrations and other activities will be scattered around the park. Traditional crafts like
spinning, coopering, traditional small craft building, and model shipbuilding will be exhibited in working demonstrations.

 
Kids and adults alike can help with cargo handling demonstrations on Friendship

Help load cargo onto the ship the way the original Friendship's sailors would have!

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Friendship of Salem

The tall ship, Friendship of Salem, will be open from 10pm to 4pm, with hands-on cargo loading and sail setting activities, Junior Ranger booklets, and National Park Service Rangers and Volunteers to introduce visitors to the lives of sailors, captains, and merchants in the Great Age of Sail.

 

Did You Know?

A redware plate with a yellow design, a blue and white Chinese teacup, and a brown and white bowl were found in pieces

In the mid-1970s, archaeologists found over 130,000 artifacts in the backyard of the Narbonne House at Salem Maritime NHS.