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"Liberty, Fraternity, and Unity"

The National Society United States Daughters
of 1812 was organized on January 8,
1892 on the anniversary of the Battle of New
Orleans. The society requires lineal descent
from an ancestor who rendered military,
naval or civil service between the close of
the American Revolutionary War in 1783
and the close of the War of 1812 in 1815,
Military service may be in any one of sixteen
recognized engagements between those


The purposes this society shall be to promote patriotism, to preserve and increase knowledge of the history of the American people, by the preservation of documents and relics, the marking of historic spots, the recording of family histories and traditions, the celebration of patriotic anniversaries, teaching and emphasizing the heroic deeds of the civil, military, and naval life of those who molded this Government between the close of the American Revolution and the close of the War of 1812, to urge Congress to compile and publish authentic records of men in civil, military and naval service from 1784 to 1815, inclusive, and to maintain at National Headquarters a museum and library of memorabilia of the 1784-1815 period.

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USS Constitution - Turn Around cruise
June 16, 2012
(Photo by Patrice Hatcher)

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On June 22, 2013, at historic Salem Massachusetts, Captain Michael Rutstein of the Schooner Fame was honored as the National Winner of the 1812 Spirit Award by the Massachusetts State Society, United States Daughters of 1812.

The certificate and medal is awarded to an individual or organization with a distinguished record of study, promotion and dedication to the preservation of the history of people, places and events of the War of 1812.

Captain Michael Rutstein is well deserving of this award and recognition based on his effort to preserve the story of the Schooner Fame, its crew and the role of privateers during the War of 1812.

Captain Rutstein has always had a passion for history. When he moved to the North Shore of Massachusetts about
10 years ago he recognized that the role of the privateers in the War of 1812 from the North Shore had not been highlighted.

According to the Captain, “Salem had forty-three privateers that were commissioned during the War of 1812.


USS Constitution Museum, Boston MA

National Historic Landmarks - MA

Schooner Fame - Salem MA

Revisiting the War of 1812

Peabody Essex Museum - Salem MA

Phillips Library - Salem MA

The original Fame was a fast Chebacco
fishing schooner  that was reborn  as  a
privateer when the war broke out in the summer  of 1812.  She was arguably  the
first American privateer to bring home a prize and she made more captures before being wrecked in the Bay of Fundy in 1814. “

The new Fame is a 70-foot scale replica of this famous Schooner. She was built in Essex, launched in 2003 and docked at Pickering Wharf in Salem, Massachusetts. The Schooner Fame provides three sails per day, summer sailing camps, and private function opportunities.

The Mayor of Salem was in attendance and praised Captain Rutstein for his dedication of preserving the privateers history and for his programs teaching young children about schooner sailing. In addition she stated that the Fame has been an excellent addition to Salem’s waterfront.

After the award presentation the Massachusetts Daughters and their guests enjoyed a cruise on the Fame with billowing sails and a gentle breeze around historic Salem Sound.

Schooner Fame
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(Photo by Leighton O’Connor)

Massachuetts State Society
United States Daughters of 1812
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(Photo by Leighton O’Connor)