The Salem Maritime Festival

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Help us celebrate four centuries of Salem's maritime heritage, annually at Salem Maritime National Historic Site!

View the 2015 Maritime Festival Official Program and Schedule

This year's Maritime Festival was hosted on Saturday, August 1st.
Each year, music, demonstrations, exhibits, and children's activities are available throughout the park and on Derby Wharf. The 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 - (978) 740-1652

Having fun at Salem Maritime Festival!

Having Fun at the Festival

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This year's Maritime Festival included a variety of family-friendly events, including:

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

Participating Exhibitors and Demonstrators for 2015

  • Salem Kayaks
  • Norumbega Canoe Club
  • USS Constitution
  • Marlinspike Sailor of Marblehead
  • Musician Larry Young
  • R.P Raiseles Cooperage
  • Essex Shipbuilding Museum
  • Marine Modelers Club of New England
  • Salem Sound Coastwatch
  • Historic New England
  • Cat Cove Marine Labs
  • Division of Marine Fisheries
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • Peabody Essex Museum
  • House of the Seven Gables
  • Witch House / Corwin House
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. This year's participants were:

- 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!

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
United States Coast Guard Patrol 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 take place on the historic wharves, where families can find 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.

the Furniture institute of Massachusetts demonstrates cabinetmaking

The Furniture Institute of Massachusetts demonstrates the art of cabinet-making.

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Demonstrators and Exhibitors

Traditional crafts like spinning, coopering, traditional small craft building, and model shipbuilding will be exhibited in working demonstrations and hands-on activities.

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 hosts 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.


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