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.
“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.
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
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