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Friendship of Salem Departs for Repairs in Gloucester

SALEM – One of the most iconic landmarks will be noticeably absent from Derby Wharf this summer as the Friendship of Salem repairs begin with following its departure on July 5 for Gloucester. National Park Service Superintendent Paul DePrey announced the Friendship of Salem would be leaving on Tues. July 5th, encouraging visitors to come and see off the ship with traditional cheers and waving as would have occurred centuries ago. Despite a foggy morning, dozens came out to say bon voyage.

 

The Friendship of Salem departs the Salem Maritime National Historic Site for repairs in Gloucester, and is scheduled to return after 12 weeks of maintenance. Photo by Keith Spencer.

The Friendship of Salem departs the Salem Maritime National Historic Site for repairs in Gloucester, and is scheduled to return after 12 weeks of maintenance. Photo by Keith Spencer.

“Sending off a departing ship into the harbor is both a fitting tribute to her taking leave and a great way to communicate Salem’s rich maritime heritage,” stated DePrey.

 

The Friendship of Salem repairs will be performed by Boothbay Harbor Shipyard and Gloucester Marine Railways Corporation on Rocky Neck in Gloucester, Massachusetts. The haul-out will allow for routine maintenance, inspections, and other repairs only possible when the vessel is in dry dock. After repairs have been completed on the estimated 12-week contract, the Friendship will return to its place on Derby Wharf.

 

Despite a foggy morning, dozens came out to say bon voyage to the Friendship as it departed Salem Harbor for Gloucester. Photo by Keith Spencer.

Despite a foggy morning, dozens came out to say bon voyage to the Friendship as it departed Salem Harbor for Gloucester. Photo by Keith Spencer.

The Friendship of Salem repairs include: cleaning, inspection, repairs, and painting of the hull below the waterline; painting of portions of the hull and attachments above the waterline; inspection, cleaning and maintenance on propellers, shafts, rudder and other running gear components; and the repair of a deteriorated hull section on starboard side near the base of the foremast.

 

They departed just before noon on July 5th at high tide, and planned a late afternoon arrival in Gloucester according to Friendship Captain Jeremy Bumagin.

 

To learn more about the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, visit our previous cover feature and photo gallery. The Friendship is normally docked at 160 Derby Street Salem, MA 01970 at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site.

 

For more information, visit their website or call the visitor’s center at (978) 740-1650. 

Photo Gallery: The Friendship of Salem and the Salem Maritime National Historic S

 

About The National Park Service

 

National Park ServiceMore than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 412 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities.

 

For more information about this year’s centennial celebration of the National Park Service, visit www.findyourpark.com and be sure to use #FindYourPark when posting about your adventures on social media.

 

Visit the National Park Service website at www.nps.gov, and find them on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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