One my way to Boston I passed through Salem (just north east of Boston) and was so amazed at what I saw I had to stay and check it out along with Marblehead to the south east of Salem.
The following is the tail ship the Friendship of Salem which is docked in the Salem harbour along Derby Wharf, which is part of the Salem Maritime National Historic Site. The construction of the Friendship began in 1996 and it is a replica of a 1797 Salem vessel that completed 15 international voyages between 1797 and 1812. Termed an "East Indiaman" this type of vessel was the freighter of its day, transporting all kinds of goods back to Salem from far off places like today's East Asia which were at the time reached by sailing eastward down around Africa.
The ship was undergoing some repair work the day I was there. I hung around for a while watching them try to hoist this large piece back onto the ship, but it looked it was going to be a long drawn out affair.
An old flat boat and maintenance shed at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site.
There are a few boats running a taxi service across the harbour.
One guy I talked to mentioned that many folks can't afford to park their boats at the docks so they anchor them in the middle of the harbour and use the taxi service to get to and from land. He also mentioned that there is a floating restaurant somewhere out on one of the boats, but he hasn't yet figured out exactly where it is.
This is the lighthouse at the end of Derby Wharf. It was built in 1871.
This is a shot looking back from the lighthouse towards land along Derby Wharf. The first 800 feet of the wharf was built in about 1770 by its owner Elias Hasket Derby. In 1808 Derby's heirs complete a 1300-foot extension. To the left of centre we can just barely make out the Friendship of Salem ship and to the right of that is the old Salem Custom House.
The Salem Custom House was one of several in Massachusetts. It was built in 1819, near the end of Salem's prominence as a world port. Unlike other major ports such as New York, Salem Harbor had no major river to link it with inland towns and markets. The harbour was shallow - too shallow to accommodate the much larger merchant vessels built after 1850. In addition, the many islands and sub-merged rocks at the approach to the harbour made navigating dangerous at night or in thick weather. So, it was mainly due the enterprise of her seamen, tradesmen, and merchants that the port was a prosperous world seaport as long as it was.
Salem is filled with these nice old houses.
The sign said this one below was built for John Hoges, Mariner, 1750.
The signs here said this one below was build for Joshua Oakes, Shipwright, 1810. This property has been placed on the National Register Of Historic Places.
All of the old houses in the pictures above are next to Salem Common, which is shown in the following 2 pictures.
The Salem Witch Museum is just to the west of Salem Common. In case you didn't know, Salem is famous for its Witch Hysteria of the 1600s and the Witch trails that took place back then. There are several other Witch related museums in the town. Note the which statue on the left side of the picture.
This picture gives you an idea of the size of the statue. It's a bit scary standing close to it.
Just one of many neat buildings in Salem.
The following is the front entry for the above building.
This building is along the street to north east of the Witch Museum. The street, which is part of the scenic 1A highway that passes through Salem, is lined with nice old brick buildings like this one.
These old houses packed together behind the Witch Museum are good example of many of the side streets in Salem.
The following are some of the many nice old brick and stone builds that line the major streets in the centre of Salem south and west of the Witch Museum.
This archway takes you to the visitor centre.
Salem differs from most other old cities in that most of its nice big old buildings aren't joined together.
The Old Town Hall of Salem.
After my walk through Salem I returned to my Jeep which a left at a parking meter near the Derby Wharf. I was just going to get in my Jeep and drive off but I noticed a small sea food restaurant, so I went in and had a great lunch. When the bill arrived I realized I didn't have my wallet and panic set it, but I quickly realized I left it in my Jeep. However, I was sitting there with just some small change in my pocket - no where near enough to cover the bill. Fortunately I had my camera with me and a good waitress who was willing to hold it as collateral until I returned with some cash, actually my visa card but you get the idea.
There was so much to see in Salem that I had to spread the pictures across a couple pages to make then load in a reasonable amount of time for you dial-up folks out there. Click on "next" below to go to the continuation of the Salem.