Private Charters

Fame is available for charters, parties and private events of all kinds. Capacity is 40 passengers.

Our handsome schooner is the perfect setting for your private event.

  • Birthdays
  • Anniversaries
  • Weddings
  • Rehearsal Dinners
  • Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties
  • Reunions
  • Office Parties
  • Memorial Services & Ash Scatterings

Our traditional Essex-built schooner will carry you past lighthouses, old forts, pristine islands, and magnificent waterfront homes. Sit back and enjoy the scenery. Or, if you’re in the mood, take the tiller or help the crew raise sails as we cruise through historic Salem Sound.

Day or night, enjoy cocktails and appetizers in a unique and attractive setting. Our downtown location makes it easy to combine your sail with lunch, dinner, or drinks at any one of a dozen great spots!

Charters can include snacks, drinks, or a full-fledged meal — it’s up to you. We can recommend a caterer, or you can hire your own. We’ve seen some delicious pot luck dinners, too! All private charters and dockside events require a two-hour minimum and include the services of our captain, crew, and bartender.

Call us to to discuss your options! (978) 729-7600

May, June, Sept. & Oct. July & August
Monday-Thursday $395/hour $495/hour
Friday-Sunday $495/hour $595/hour

Theme Charters


If you and your group are interested in a hands-on cruise, we’re delighted to provide professional instruction. Our experienced and capable crew will teach you to “hand, reef, and steer.” You’ll learn the rudiments of navigation in the same waters where Nathaniel Bowditch got his start. Once you’ve learned a chantey or two and can tie a bowline, a square knot, and a clove hitch, you’ll never look the same way at a sailing vessel again.

Cost: Base rate for two hours plus $100 instructor fee


Bring your team together for an experience that will both educate and entertain. Aboard Fame, you’ll find that not even the saltiest of old-time sailors can do it all himself. Sailing is all about teamwork — understanding what to do and when to do it, and knowing your role on the smoothly-running team that brings a vessel across the trackless ocean.

We offer consultant-led programs, but we can also work with you to design your own day at sea. Your group will learn how to navigate, handle the sails, and steer a course… all through a fun, hands-on curriculum that emphasizes the importance of teamwork and cooperation in any group endeavor.

Cost: Base rate for three hours plus $100 instructor fee


We rarely pass up the chance to participate in a historical reenactment, an exciting race with other traditional sailing vessels, or a Tall Ships event. Among the upcoming events we expect to participate in are the Gloucester Schooner Race, held annually on Labor Day weekend and the Provincetown Schooner Regatta, held annually the weekend after Labor Day.

Whenever Fame is scheduled to participate in a special event, we will inform the public and make tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis. Be sure to check our Special Events page often. Since each event is unique, pricing will vary.

About Fame

Fame is a replica of a privateer from the War of 1812. Launched in 2003, Fame cruises on Salem Sound, where pirates & privateers have been making history for 400 years. Fame sails from Memorial Day through Halloween from Pickering Wharf Marina in downtown Salem, Massachusetts, and offers sailing up to 5 times daily.

Phone 978-729-7600
Map Marker

Pickering Wharf Marina / 86 Wharf Street / Salem, MA 01970