Thursday, November 5, 2015

Sailing in Salem this Saturday

Salem, Massachusetts gets most of its notoriety from the Salem Witch Trials and that certainly attracts many tourists especially this time of year, but there are many things to appreciate in Salem.
Sailing in Salem on Saturday? Not me, I am a landlubber but it does not prevent me from admiring the opportunity to explore the past.

November 7th The Salem Downrigging Festival Launches, there is so much to do and see just in the Salem Harbor Area.

Salem Maritime Museum and National Historic Site. This building was the orientation center it is now closed due to budget restrictions but you can get plenty of information a few blocks away at the Visitor's Center.  The second picture is from a replica of the town set up at the visitors center.  It gives a clear indication of what the area looked like in its most prosperous days.

 Derby Wharf was first 800 feet built by Richard Derby, a wealthy ship merchant. It had grown to  half mile, its present length, by 1806 and now provides a pleasant interactive walking educational tour including how goods came to our country.  Nowadays, we can all assume you can get just about anything you want at Walmart and when someone says, "when my ship comes in.", we can all assume it means money or the ultimate winning the lottery.  Back in the 17th Century many people waited for months for the ship to come in and the goods were hard to come by. How spoiled, we are today.

If you need to brush up on your sailor skills they have those refresher courses as well. This sailor was born in Massachusetts so he has a leg up on the rest of us.

The Friendship is a reconstruction of a 1797 "East Indiaman" merchant ship. Check out the bow.  Can you spot her?  Look at the 2nd photo. She's a lady, dressed in classical clothing offering a bouquet of flowers. The figurehead is found at the prow of the ship. The location of the original Friendship is not known but the British did capture her during the War of 1812. Since we are all friends now it would be a nice gesture to give her back.

Sailor communication aboard relied on sound, using bells, gunshots, and loud yelling. I know a few sailors that would fit right in. Ahoy!

The Pedrick Store House with a sailing loft on the second floor was originally built about 1770 by Thomas Pedrick a  Marblehead merchant.  It was used for the storage of salt and goods for the cod fish trade.  Later goods seized by privateers during the American Revolution were stored there. In 2003, the NPS acquired it, dismantled it and reassembled it on the Derby Wharf.

Derby Wharf Lighthouse was built in 1871 and it became a member of the National Historic Places in 1987.

Built in 1819 this Custom House in Salem Massachusetts was used until 1930's.  Nathaniel Hawthorne served as the Port of Salem's Surveyor from 1846-1849. It was during this time he created "The Scarlet Letter".

West India Goods Store was originally built around 1804 by Captain Henry Prince, according to the website.  It was probably used as storage. Records indicate it was first use as a store in 1836.

The Derby House was built in 1762 as a wedding present to Elias Hasket and Elizabeth Crowninshield Derby from Richard Derby.Captain Henry Prince later lived in the house.

Hawkes House was designed by famous Salem architect Samuel McIntire for the Derby Family. The building began in 1780, the Derby's decided to move elsewhere.. The unfinished building was purchased and completed around 1800 by Benjamin Hawkes.

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