The city of Salem, Massachusetts, became immensely wealthy in the 1700s and 1800s due to its maritime commerce to and from the East. Such wealth would have been impossible without the seagoing vessels that transported the exotic goods to Salem's wharves. One such vessel was the Friendship, a 171-foot East Indiaman. Unfortunately, the ship's mercantile career was ended when the British captured it in 1812.
It was not completely lost, though. A replica called the Friendship of Salem is docked at Salem today, simulating the original ship experience for visitors. Proudly emblazoned on this magnet is an image of that replica vessel in all its glory.
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