Private Charters

Fame is a great setting for rehearsal dinners, bachelor or bachelorette parties, pre-wedding gatherings, and morning-after Bloody Mary brunches! Capacity is 40 passengers.

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 & Aug.
Monday-Thursday $395/hour $495/hour
Friday-Sunday $495/hour $595/hour


If you’re interested in a hands-on activity, our 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 instructors fee


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