• Draft: 11′ 3
  • Beam: 30′
  • Rig Height: 112′
  • Freeboard: 12′
  • Sail Area: 9,409 square feet
  • Tons: 99
  • Hull: wood, cold moulded

Organization: Salem Maritime National Historic Site


Friendship of Salem is a full size replica of a Salem East Indiaman, built for the National Park Service and berthed at Salem Maritime National Historic Site in Salem, Massachusetts. Launched in 1998, she is a replica of her namesake built in Salem in 1797, and is typical of the class of commercial carriers commonly employed in both the East India and transatlantic trades during the early years of the new American republic. The original Friendship is credited with 15 voyages to the Far East, South America, Mediterranean, and northern Europe. She was taken as a prize of war by the British Royal Navy on a return voyage from Archangel, Russia, in 1812. She was sold at auction as a prize of war by the British government in 1813, and her ultimate fate remains a mystery. Today’s Friendship is built from wood laminates and solid timbers. She was designed as a modern passenger, sail training and moored attraction vessel, while exhibiting the look and function of a historic vessel. Friendship is accessible to the public for dockside tours, and occasionally sails for crew training and to attend tall ship events at New England Ports.


  • USCG Certification: Attraction Vessel (ATTCOI)
  • Who Sails: Middle School, High School, College
  • Program Type: Maritime History
  • Normal Cruising Waters – Summer: Salem, MA
  • Normal Cruising Waters – Winter: Salem MA, Massachusetts bay, NE coastal waters
  • Sailing Season: Irregular, occasional short voyages to New Engalnd tall ship events
  • Year Launched: 1998
  • Number of Crew: 13
  • Name of Contact: Captain Tanya Banks-Christensen
  • Phone: tanya_banks-christensen@nps.gov
  • Website: https://www.nps.gov/places/friendship-of-salem.htm