The Salem Maritime National Historic Site announced agreement on contract changes for the ongoing overhaul of the three-masted, 171-foot Friendship of Salem.
She is now scheduled to return to her berth at Derby Wharf at Salem this coming winter for re-rigging.
In July 2016, she was moved to Gloucester Marine Railway on Rocky Neck in Massachusetts for routine maintenance where her condition was apparently found to be worse than first thought. Over $1 million of Federal funds have been spent since in repairs.
Friendship of Salem was built in 1998 by Scarano Boat Building in Albany, New York to be accessible using modern materials and construction methods while retaining the appearance of the original Friendship.
The original Salem was a three-masted Salem “East Indiaman” built in 1797 by Enos Briggs, who also built USS Essex, sister to USS Constitution (“Old Ironsides”). The original Friendship, built for global trade was captured by the British during the “War of 1812”.