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Salem Custom House (1819)

The village of Salem Massachusetts was founded in 1626. Its name is derived from the Arabic (Salaam) and Hebrew (Shalom) words for Peace. Salem is mostly know in the US for its infamous Witch Trails which took place in 1692 and 1693 and took the lives of several innocent witchcraft suspects. The relation with witches is still clearly visible in the town. There are witches everywhere and all kinds of witch related museums prosper.

But, there is more in Salem than witches. It also has the only remaining waterfront from the US sailing era. This site, Salem Maritime National Historic Site, is managed by the National Park Service. In fact it was the first National Historic Site to be established ever in the US.

Friendship of Salem
The Salem harbor was an important landing place for ships that traded with the Far East. It brought Salem a lot of prosperity. The city even changed its motto to "Divitis Indiae usque ad ultimum sinum", Latin for "To the farthest port of the rich Indies.".

Several old harbor-related houses have been kept alive around the waterfront. Among them the beautiful 1762 Derby House and the impressive Salem Custom HouseThe latter dates back to the year of 1819 and collected a lot of taxes.

What is a harbor without a ship? Not much! That is why the National Parks service had a replica made of one of the ships that sailed to Salem in the 1700s; the Friendship of Salem. This 85-meter (191-ft) long ship was built in Albany New York. The three-master can carry 21 sails and is a true beauty. The ship may be a replica, it is fully operational and certified to sail.

We visited the site and found it mainly closed. The ship was also closed but a kind ranger invited us aboard enabling us to take some pictures.

More pictures below.

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Salem Custom House (1819)
Salem Custom House (1819)
Friendship of Salem
Friendship of Salem
The Derby House (1722)
The Derby House (1722)
Salem Custom House (1819)
Salem Custom House (1819)
Salem Custom House (1819)
Salem Custom House (1819)
Friendship of Salem
Friendship of Salem
Friendship of Salem
Friendship of Salem
The Salem Waterfront
The Salem Waterfront
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photo by: amandalaren