Salem Maritime Festival to Celebrate Four Centuries of History

SALEM – The 2015 Salem Maritime Festival will be held this Saturday, August 1, 2015 on the historic wharves at Salem Maritime National Historic Site to celebrate the community’s four centuries of nautical history.

The 27th annual festival offers an exciting array of free family fun, including live music, free harbor cruises, craft demonstrations, costumed re-enactors, radio-controlled boats, a “Muck Walk”, and touch tanks with their favorite marine critters.

Salem Maritime NHS 04 WatermarkedA flotilla of visiting vessels including a U.S. Coast Guard 47′ Motor Life Boat, the Schooner Fame, the Schooner Ardelle and the motorized vessel Endeavor will all be participating in the festival. A fleet of kayaks from Salem Kayak will provide attendees with the opportunity to paddle and row Salem Harbor. Friendship of Salem, Salem’s own replica of a 1797 merchant vessel, will be open to the public and will offer a National Park Service Junior Ranger Program for children.

Free 90-minute harbor cruises aboard Fame, Ardelle and Endeavor will be offered throughout the afternoon by lottery. The cruises are scheduled for 12:00, 12:15, 12:30, 1:45, 2:00, and 2:15PM.

Exhibitors and demonstrators at this year’s event include:

  • Salem Kayaks
  • Norumbega Canoe Club
  • USS Constitution & US Navy
  • Marlinspike Sailor of Marblehead
  • Musician Larry Young
  • R.P Raiseles Cooperage
  • Essex Shipbuilding Museum
  • Marine Modelers Club of New England
  • Salem Sound Coastwatch
  • Historic New England
  • Cat Cove Marine Labs
  • Division of Marine Fisheries
  • U.S. Coast Guard & U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • Peabody Essex Museum
  • House of the Seven Gables
  • Witch House / Corwin House
  • Salem Beautification Committee
  • Salem Zouaves
  • Shipwrecks of New England


The festival is hosted by the National Park Service and the Salem Maritime National Historic Site. You can find more information on their websiteFacebook, and Twitter. Visit our photo gallery from a visit during National Park Week, and read our article about the site’s new superintendent, Paul DPrey.


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Where? Salem Maritime National Historic Site, 160 Derby St, Salem MA

When? Saturday, August 1, 2015 from 10AM to 4PM

Cost? Free

For more information, visit the National Park Service website


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Click for photos of the Salem Maritime National Historic Site. Photo © Keith C. Spencer

Salem Massachusetts was once one of the most important ports in the nation. The historic buildings, wharves, and replica tall ship at Salem Maritime National Historic Site tell the stories of the sailors, Revolutionary War privateers, and merchants who brought the riches of the Far East to America.

Visit the Salem Maritime National Historic Site on the web, become a fan on Facebook, follow them on Twitter.


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Essex National Heritage AreaThe Essex National Heritage Area begins just 10 miles north of Boston and includes hundreds of historical sites, miles of intact landscapes, and a coastal region that chronicles the cultural history throughout Essex County.

Visit the Essex National Heritage Area on the web, become a fan on Facebook, follow them on Twitter.


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National Park Service LogoMore than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 407 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities.

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