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Does FAME really have cannon?

Our FAME has two swivel guns: small cannon that are mounted on the rail and can be quickly aimed and fired. They are cast-iron guns that fire black powder, ignited by a musket cap. We often fire the cannon as demonstration during our cruises. No, we do NOT fire cannon balls or grapeshot! We know…

The Original FAME

The original Fame was a privateer schooner that sailed out of Salem, Massachusetts during the War of 1812. But what, you ask, was a privateer? And what, exactly, is a schooner? These are fair questions! A lot has changed in two hundred years. In 1812, however, everyone knew that a ‘privateer’ was nothing more than…