SALEM — The Hannah Glover is being reinvented.
The boat, a longtime fixture of Pickering Wharf, has been purchased by the Mahi Mahi cruise company, rehabbed and fixed up. Its inaugural cruise was last week.
It’s one of a few changes happening at Salem’s waterfront as the busy summer season kicks off.
Also new to Salem is a stand-up paddling company, offering lessons and tours from Dead Horse Beach, just outside Salem Willows. And, of course, the National Park Services’ three-masted tall ship, Friendship, recently returned home to Derby Wharf after being away for eight months of repairs.
With the purchase of Hannah Glover, Mahi Mahi has more than doubled its cruising capacity. The company will continue to do cruises from Salem Willows on the 55-foot Finback, as they have for six years, but will also offer daily cruises on Hannah Glover from Pickering Wharf.
“We’re extremely happy to be here,” said Whitney Peabody, manager at Mahi Mahi. “Salem’s been a great location for us, more than accommodating and supportive of us.”
Finback can hold 47 people, and Hannah Glover can hold 150, she said.
Hannah Glover, which Mahi Mahi purchased from Peter Noyes and the Rockmore Co., has a checkered past. In 2010, Noyes' company pleaded guilty to two counts of violating the federal Rivers and Harbors Act, stemming from discharges of raw sewage from Hannah Glover in 2006.
Since purchasing Hannah Glover, Mahi Mahi has given the boat “a huge makeover,” Peabody said.
They’ve gutted the entire boat, upgraded the mechanical and electrical systems, painted it, and renovated the interior — including the bathrooms and sewage system, she said. The Coast Guard came and inspected the boat before its inaugural cruise on June 21.
“The Hannah Glover has been such a fixture in Salem,” Peabody said. “We wanted to make it our own.”