Blog : GREEN STORY: Gundalow Company Sails Into History

By Jim Cavan | Jan 20, 2014 | in

Every business that joins the GA undergoes a thorough, 20-question Evaluation, complete with Report card and -- as you're seeing here -- a Green Story! Congratulations to the Gundalow Company for being the latest Business Partner to complete the process. As you'll soon see, they did very, very well!

Ever since they first began working on the rivers the Piscataqua Region in the mid 1600’s, gundalows have been thought of as the tractor trailer trucks of their time.

Designed to move along with the tides, these locally unique vessels – essentially flat-bottomed cargo barges up to 70 feet in length – helped to shape the commerce and trade of the entire Seacoast region, transporting goods and people before roads and bridges became viable options.

Founded in 2002, the nonprofit Gundalow Company aims to connect residents of the Seacoast and beyond with this historic icon of river commerce, while instilling a sense of environmental stewardship for the Piscataqua region’s cherished waterways.

In 2011 the organization built a new gundalow – The Piscataqua – as a floating classroom for school and youth groups. They also offer two-hour public sails for up to 42 passengers Memorial Day through the end of October. Their daily river tours – which typically last about 2 hours – depart primarily from Portsmouth and are a great way to experience our rivers. They offer a variety of special sails too such as concerts, lectures, sunset sails, private charters, free trips for kids on Saturday mornings, and even brunch on Sundays.

“The gundalow is an icon for the Portsmouth community that sets it apart from nearby regions,” states Executive Director, Molly Bolster. “This is the only place the gundalows existed quite like this and so it inspires a sense of place for people– different from any other coastal community.”

Click here to read the rest of the Gundalow Company's Green Story and see their score!