Being in jail with the potential for drowning—that was how sailors in the Colonial era thought of seagoing trips. Nevertheless, many long mercantile trips were made, enriching the city of Salem, Massachusetts, with great wealth. That wealth came at a price. No sailor was exempt from the dangers that threatened his life, whether through natural causes such as disease or being swept overboard, or through manmade evils such as piracy and cannibalism.
The memory of a ship from that era, the Friendship, has been preserved at Salem Maritime National Historic Site since 1998 through a reconstruction of the vessel—and also on this patch. An image of the three-masted replica docked at a port conveys what the original must have looked like in its grandeur back in the heyday of Salem's wealth.
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