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Alfred Meakin ’The Friendship of Salem’ blueware plate
Alfred Meakin ’The Friendship of Salem’  blueware plate Alfred Meakin 'The Friendship of Salem' blueware plate. Interesting blueware plate showing individual scenes of the various ports which were so pivotal to the trade in imported china. These surround the image of the actual ship 'The Friendship of Salem'
Construction on the original Friendship was begun in 1796 by shipbuilder, Enos Briggs, known for the Frigate Essex, at his shipyard across from today's Salem Maritime National Historic Site. The original three-masted, square-rigged, 342-ton vessel, Friendship, was registered in 1797 to merchants Jerathmiel Peirce and Aaron Waite.

She travelled the world trading for exotic spices, sugar and coffee, making 16 voyages to China, Java, Sumatra, Madras, London. Hamburg, Archangel, St.Petersburg, and other European ports. She was captured by the British in the War of 1812. The Peabody Essex Museum houses the ship logs for several of her voyages, as well as Aaron Waite's shipping papers detailing information about the ship's accounts.
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