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Friendship of Salem On Derby Wharf – Classic Sailboat Art Print


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Before my my visit to historic Salem, Massachusetts, I had no idea they had a beautiful tall ship moored at Derby Wharf in the heart of the old town. I had never heard of the Friendship of Salem at all, but that beautiful boat was practically worth the visit to Salem alone.

It turns out that the beautiful sailing ship in this print is a faithful reconstruction of an 18th century three-masted sailing ship that once sailed from Salem. As harbors are much larger affairs these days, it may be hard to imagine that Salem was once a bustling port city. Once upon a time, Derby Wharf, seen in this Salem print, was more than an echo of Salem’s nautical past. Just imagine ships filling this harbor and people at the Custom House at the head of the wharf checking cargoes

This print was taken at those historic wharves at the Salem Maritime National museum in Salem, Massachusetts where the Friendship of Salem ship spends most of its time. The replica ship was completed in 1998, but along with the classic architecture of Salem, it helps give this New England print a very timeless quality. It really feels like this could be a scene from a quiet morning in Salem of long ago as much as today.

I love the sense of place in this scene from the tall ship in the foreground to Salem’s historic Custom House on Derby Street in the background. There’s just a real sense of New England history and charm, don’t you think? Have you ever wandered on these wharves, as well? Or do you just love the New England charm of this tall ship print?

Note: The old wharves in Salem are part of the Derby Street Historic District.


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