USCG Certification

Passenger Vessel (Subchapter T)


Fame is a replica of a successful Salem privateer from the War of 1812. The original Fame was a Chebacco-style fishing schooner that was converted to privateering at the outbreak of war. She was one of the first American privateers to put to sea, and one of the first to bring back a prize. She captured 21 vessels — both British merchantmen and American smugglers — before being lost in the Bay of Fundy in 1814. Our Fame is a traditional double-sawn-frame vessel, framed and planked in native white oak by Harold Burnham of Essex, MA in 2003. Fame is now based at Pickering Wharf in Salem, where she carries the paying public on 90-minute cruises around historic Salem Sound. For much more information on Fame, please visit our website at


Flag: United States of America
Rig: Schooner
Homeport: Salem, MA
Sparred Length: 70'
LOA: 60'
LOD: 52'
LWL: 49'
Draft: 6' 4
Beam: 15'
Rig height: 70'
Freeboard: 5'
Sail Area: 1200 square feet
Tons: 29
Hull: white oak


Who Sails? everyone
Normal cruising waters: New England
Season: May to October
Built: 2003
Crew: 2
Contact: Captain Mike Rutstein
Tel: 978-729-7600
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