Privateer Schooner Sailing Tour in Salem Sound

1 hour 40 minutes
Free cancellation
1 - 12
Mobile ticket


FAME is annually the #1-rated boat in Salem and one of the top-rated activities in the entire town, per TripAdvisor. Don't miss the very best of what Salem has to offer! There's more to our town than witches!

FAME is a full-scale replica of a privateer schooner from the War of 1812 that captured over 20 prizes! We sail up to five times a day between May and October from Pickering Wharf Marina in downtown Salem.

On board our traditional gaff-rigged schooner, you'll get a chance to raise the sails and even steer the boat as we sail Salem Sound and talk about the fisherman, traders, and privateers that played such a central role in the saga of Salem, of Massachusetts, and of the young United States.

This is a great hands-on adventure for all ages — but you can also just sit back and enjoy a beverage and take it all in as we cruise past the historic forts and lighthouses of Salem, Beverly, and Marblehead.

Note: this is NOT a narrated tour!


  • Restroom on board

What to expect

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Salem, Salem, Massachusetts

Historic Salem Sound — the waters around Salem, Marblehead, and Beverly, Massachusetts — where pirates, privateers, East Indiamen and men of war have been making history for 400 years.

Duration: 1 hour

Additional information

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Ticket delivery

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For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
October 2022

The crew was friendly , and the ship was beautiful. The only drawback I found was the very, very brief history . I felt that this was lacking.

October 2022

Everyone on the schooner was so knowledgeable and welcoming. We really enjoyed the history and background. Warm blankets were provided which was a really nice touch

Stephanie D
October 2022

Spectacular event worth a friendly mix of passengers and crew. There are opportunities to help the crew raise the sails and steer the ship. The crew also serves refreshments (for a minimal fee). There is an abundance of history the crew shares and the scenery is beautiful. And the coolest part of...

June 2022

An awesome afternoon sailing the Salem Sound on Sunday. The Captain and his crew were amazing, fun and knowledgeable! Highly recommend!

June 2022

It was an excellent activity that incorporated history and fun. You can be interactive, helped put up sails, or relaxed, drank a local beer, as you want. Weather allowed us to take in the beautiful Salem sound. The crew definitely did an outstanding job.

June 2022

Had a fabulous time from the beginning to end. The crew was great and friendly. The captain was knowledgeable, funny and great to be around.

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