Friendship of Salem

A replica of the 1797-built ship, the Friendship of Salem represents the influential role New England had in global trade and domestic sea trade.

It’s docked at Derby Wharf in Salem, Mass., the town where the original ship was built.

Friendship was an “East Indiaman” — a type of ship used for merchant trade in the East Indies after the American Revoultion.

China, Russia, Indonesia, India, Venezuela and Spain were some of the destinations of the Friendship during its 15 voyages. It returned with items including sugar, pepper, silk, coffee, ale, tin, cheese, candies and more.

The Friendship was captured by Britain During the War of 1812. As the ship left Russia for Salem, its captain and crew were unaware of the war. They were captured on the Atlantic and kept as a prize of war.

The people never returned to Salem, and the ship was sold at a London auction in 1813.

For additional information about the Friendship or life on ships during that time, visit the National Park Service website.

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