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Salem has a rich maritime history that dates back to the original Native American inhabitants of the region, which once considered it an important trading and fishing spot. The tribe that inhabited the area during the arrival of the Europeans in 1647  were known as the Naumkeag, which also meant fishing place. Picking up where the natives left off, the settlers continued to take advantage of the city’s ideal location, and Salem became one of the most important trading points in colonial New England. Ships from Salem sailed the globe, importing and exporting goods from lands as far away as India.Friendship of Salem Maritime National Historic Site-7

Today, the city has maintained its connection to its rich past, and visitors can learn more about it at the Salem National Historic Site.Friendship of Salem Maritime National Historic Site-10

This site is run by the National Parks Service, and they offer tours and information about the area.Friendship of Salem Maritime National Historic Site-8

One of the most interesting buildings in the site is The Salem Custom House. The building was built in 1819, and offers daily tours where you can see exhibits of the Customs Service as well as the office where the famous author of The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne used to work. Friendship of Salem National Historic Site

My favorite part of the site is The Friendship of Salem, a replica of an original Salem East Indiaman built 1797. The original three masted sail boat made trips all over the world, importing and exporting a variety of goods for the residents of the New World.Friendship of Salem National Historic Site

You can tour the magnificent ship and even go below deck to see how the actual sailors lived while on the ship. The Park Rangers will explain the history and the different features of the ship. There are also interactive educational displays near the boFriendship of Salem National Historic Site Friendship of Salem National Historic Site at.

Watching the sun set on the harbor and change the color of the sky was a truly entertaining experience for me. It really brought home the beauty of the passage of Time, and made me realize how lucky I am to have found photography. Looking through a lens has completely transformed how I see the world, and for the first time in my life I am fully conscious of how the exact same subject can look so completely different depending on the light. This knowledge has had a profound effect on so much more than just my photos. It makes me think of a fantastic quote that comes to mind almost every time I have a really good shoot.

“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.” ~Marc Riboud

You can check out the work of some other great photographers and their submission to the Weekly Photo Challenge: TimeFriendship of Salem National Historic Site

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After the sun had set an eerie blue light took over, creating a different kind of beauty in the landscape. Salem is also known for it’s dark history with witchcraft, and is a popular destination for ghost tours through it’s many historic properties. Seeing the beautiful ship in this light transported me to city’s past and was a nice precursor to exploring some of the other spots in Salem which you can check out in this post. You can get more information about The Salem National Historic Site or scheduling a tour here.

 

Have you been to Salem and visited this site, or a similar historical ship? I’d love to hear about your visit in the comments!

Sources: http://www.salemweb.com/frndship/ http://www.salemweb.com/history/maritime/ http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2011/06/preserving-history-salem-maritime-national-historic-site8319 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/salem-sets-sail-2682502/?no-ist
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42 Comments

CourtneyLynne

Ok these photos are just breathtaking!!!! I was lucky to visit Salem when I was a kiddo! Definitely need to plan a trip so my daughter can see this fabulousness!!!

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Koninika

Love tourism type blogs. They not only have information, unbiased reviews but also a personal story and background that give it a very credible feel. Such warmth in your post !

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Annemarie LeBlanc

I haven’t been to Salem yet, but I would want to thank you for letting me know about the beautiful harbor. Your pictures are stunning! Love the detail!

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tiarasandtantrums

The images you have captured of the ship are stunning. Especially the ones in the evening with the water a darker blue and the ship’s reflections – just gorgeous!

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Karina -mylettersoftransit.com

Thank you! The photo of the ship reflection at night is probably one of my favorites of the thousands Ive taken since I started getting into photography, and it is a photo that almost never was, because the first time I photographed this ship the light was different but I lost my memory card so I had to go back and do it again and got that gorgeous blue light.

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monicastable

I can’t believe I have never been to Salem. I love this post and I’ll be planning a trip soon…there really is no excuse since we live on the east coast and iit is a lovely road trip.

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Karina -mylettersoftransit.com

It is indeed a lovely trip, and there is so much to see in Salem and in the surrounding area that it will be well worth it. You could also fit it into your next trip to Boston, you can take a Ferry from Boston Harbor to Salem, which is a neat way to get there.

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badfish

Great post, and that first shot is outrageous. All of them are outrageous…you were definitely in the right place at the right time!!!

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Karina -mylettersoftransit.com

Thanks! It was most definitely good timing. I had actually been there the week before to shoot the same subject but ended up losing my memory card and having to go back again. The second time was most definitely much more colorful and impactful than the first.

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Barely Vegan

Salem looks absolutely gorgeous! And those photos…..OMG!!! So beautiful. I’ve never heard too much about Salem, so thanks for bringing this beautiful place to my attention. :)

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royaltyinreality

Your photos of that ship are gorgeous!! I’ve never been to Salem and have no intention of visiting b/c of its history of witchcraft and ghost. I guess I’m superstitious.

xo,
Roxy

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Karina -mylettersoftransit.com

I can completely understand your skepticism. The do make that history the forefront of their tourism efforts, and it will be in your face almost the entire time, with witchcraft shops, and people in costumes leading ghost tours in the streets. There is plenty more to see in the rest of New England that doesn’t have those things.

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Hellion

I have always wanted to go to Salem, now after reading this and seeing your beautiful pictures I want to go even more. I will need to stop on my next visit to see my grandchildren in VT.

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Karina -mylettersoftransit.com

It isn’t too far from Vermont and definitely worth the roadtrip! You can stop by a couple of other places that are nearby as well, there is so much to see in the area. If you do decide to make the trip up here, let me know and I can suggest a couple more roadtrip stops from VT!

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