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Schooner FAME of Salem

Address: 80 Wharf Street, Salem, MA 01970
Phone Number: 978-729-7600
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Ranked #9 of 37 Activities in Salem
Type: Boat Tours, Sightseeing Tours
Owner description: FAME is a full-scale replica of a privateer schooner from the War of 1812. Launched in 2003, our...
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Type: Boat Tours, Sightseeing Tours
Owner description: FAME is a full-scale replica of a privateer schooner from the War of 1812. Launched in 2003, our new FAME cruises on Salem Sound, where pirates & privateers have been making history for 400 years. FAME sails from Memorial Day through Halloween from Pickering Wharf Marina in downtown Salem. A great trip for aspiring sea dogs of all ages!

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

Trim the sails, have a glass of wine, and listen to the crew tell stories of Salem's maritime history. This 1.5hr trip was the highlight of my stay in Boston/Salem. It was relaxing and beautiful and not over-commercialized as much of Salem seems to be. For some down-to-earth history from a great group of sailors, I recommend this activity!

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Keene, New Hampshire
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73 reviews 73 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Nice recreation of an historic ship. Captain and his wife are really delightful, as are the crew. This voyage rescued a day otherwise full of mistakes, put a smile on the faces of our guests. We had fresh winds and rainbows with a gorgeous sunset, can't count on those, but our teenage boys and their guests all had a chance... More 

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Haverhill, Massachusetts, United States
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85 reviews 85 reviews
39 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

The FAME is a gorgeous example of a privateer. Captain Rutstein gave an informative tour and talked about the Star Spangled Banner and how privateers were used during the War of 1812. We had an almost two hour sailing trip and got to raise the sails and operate the tiller. The Captain was at ease talking about schooners and sailing... More 

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White Plains, New York
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8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We went on the Fame with my 9 year old (who really wanted to go on a FAST speed boat) and my 70 yr old mom who gets frightfully sea sick, but wants to try new things! The sail was smooth and she was not in the least bit queasy! Towards the end, there was little wind & we had... More 

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Boxford, Massachusetts
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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

A two hour cruise aboard The Schooner Fame, a recreation of the Privateer from the War of 1812 provides an outstanding view of Salem, Beverly, and Marblehead Harbors. The crew is outstanding. Friendly, helpful and informative. They give a nice history of Privateering during the war, as well as a history of the Schooner Fame. The sail was comfortable and... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

On the right day, a sail on the schooner Fame is perfect! You get to enjoy a nice sail at a reasonable price. The captain gives a quick background on the boat and the Islands and settlements that surround the Salem harbour. On a sunny, slightly breezy day make time to head down to Pickering Wharf and enjoy a cruise... More 

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Brimfield, MA
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

What a great boat. The crew were so nice getting people involved, like helping with the sails. Our Captain Mike was very informative and took a true interest in each person on the boat. Only regret was we did not have enough time in Salem, so we are coming back with our RV and staying for a couple of days... More 

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South East Pa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

On my recent visit to Salem, MA, I booked my friend and I on the 2 hour cruise "Rum and Revolution" aboard the Fame. Brilliant weather was complimented by music, history lessons, and even a lesson on how to dance the hornpipe delivered by "Tobias". I was even afforded the opportunity to help hoist the main and foresails. The view... More 

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Apache Junction, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We went out on the Fame during our vacation to Salem, Mass. the first week of July and had a wonderful time. The crew were excellent, the waters were relatively calm and we got to have all of the sails up. It was a very interesting trip and would definitely recommend it for all ages except a toddler or baby.

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Haverhill, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We decided to go on a Monday, as the weekends can fill up. Only 12 or so people on the schooner FAME for our trip and it was wonderful. Perfect crew and perfect weather. I would recommend going on a weekday so you can move around the boat and interact with the crew. Great story about the boat. Perfect cap... More 

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