Labor Day Gundalow Sail & Open House

Join us on Labor Day — Monday, September 4, 2017 — for a very special event! Board the gundalow Piscataqua at the University of New Hampshire dock in New Castle for a […]

Join us on Labor Day — Monday, September 4, 2017 — for a very special event!
Board the gundalow Piscataqua at the University of New Hampshire dock in New Castle for a 90-minute sail, passing near many historic locations near the mouth of the Piscataqua River. While on board you will be entertained by Pat Heffernan, who has performed his blend of Irish/folk songs, jokes, and shenanigans at venues all around New England. Also on board will be Jeremy D’Entremont, lighthouse historian/author and founder of Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses. Jeremy will tell participants about the colorful history of Portsmouth Harbor and Whaleback lighthouses, and also about current preservation efforts. Wine and cheese will be served on board.

 

A gundalow is a shallow drafted type of cargo barge, once common in the Gulf of Maine’s rivers and estuaries. Gundalows were the equivalent of today’s tractor-trailer rigs. In 2011 the Gundalow Company built Piscataqua – a new traditional gundalow – on the grounds of Strawbery Banke, using time-honored methods and materials. Piscataqua is designed to take students and the public sailing.

But wait, there’s more! Before the sail on the gundalow, participants are invited to a special two-hour open house at Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse in New Castle. Climb to the top to enjoy the best view on the New Hampshire Seacoast and to see the 19th century lens up close. Learn about lighthouse history, or just sit near the lighthouse and enjoy one of the most beautiful locations in New England.

The open house will be from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., and the sail on the gundalow Piscataqua will be from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. The cost for the unique fundraising event is $75 per person.

Click here to book your space.

NOTE TO PARTICIPANTS:

Parking for this event is in the three public parking areas just off Route 1B in New Castle, near Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Harbor. There is a small lot on the right just before the gate to the station, another lot near the UNH pier, and another lot closer to Route 1B. To reach the lighthouse, enter the Coast Guard station through the pedestrian gate and follow the blue line to the front of Fort Constitution, and turn right to reach the lighthouse.

If you need directions, click here.