Friendship of Salem

The Friendship of Salem is part of the National Park Services larger exhibit area at Salem Maritime National Historic Site. Friendship is a newly constructed ship based upon an East Indiaman built by Enos Briggs in Salem in 1797. The original Friendship was constructed in Briggs’ shipyard across the South River, near the Salem Maritime National Historic Site. The three-masted square-rigged 342-ton vessel was registered to merchants Jerathmiel Pierce and Aaron Wite of Salem. Friendship made 15 voyages around the world, trading for pepper, exotic spices, sugar, coffee and other goods. She was captured by the British during the War of 1812 and was condemned and sold. The new Friendship is handicap accessible and meets modern safety requirements but retains the appearance of the late 18th century vessel.


The Friendship of Salem under sail.

The Friendship of Salem under sail.


Friendship’s Specifications

  • Class and type: full rigged ship

  • Length: 171 ft (52 m) bowsprit to spanker boom

  • Beam: 30 ft (9.1 m)

  • Height: 20 ft (6.1m) keel to deck at midship

  • Decks: main deck, ‘tween deck, and holds

  • Installed Power: onboard generators

  • Propulsion: 21 sails, twin diesel engines

  • Speed: 7.2 maximum / 5.8 average knots

  • Boats & landing craft carried: 1 jolly boat

  • Complement: 25 crew, up to 45 persons