Blog : Gundalow Company Donates Vessel to City of Dover at No Charge

By Craig | Oct 20, 2014 | in

For centuries the gundalow connected the cities of Dover and Portsmouth for trade by way of the Piscataqua River. With the implementation of the railroad and the automobile, the need and popularity of gundalows quickly decreased by 1900. Soon the gundalow - unique to the seacoast - became a memory.

In 1982, however, with a renewed interest in the history of Portsmouth's past as a bustling port, gundalows caught a second wind and a replica, christened the Edward H. Adams, was built. The 70 foot by 17 foot vessel is a gift to the city of Dover from the nonprofit Gundalow Company. Plans and approval fo the gundalow's placement, which include installing it at Henry Law Park, will be decided at a City Council meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 22.

In a report by Fosters Daily Democrat, Gary Bannon, City Recreation Director, said the boat will be incorporated into the $400,000 playground improvement project scheduled for summer 2015. Installing, storing and moving the gundalow will cost nearly $25,000. The city and the Gundalow Company have worked out logistics and other technical issues relating to the donation. Funds have also been raised by local residents and businesses to handle the cost of moving and storing the gundalow.

Talks between the Gundalow Company about donating the gundalow, which is currently docked at Prescott Park in Portsmouth, began last year. The Edward H. Adams was retired in 2002 and in 2011 the gundalow Piscataqua was built and launched as a replacement. Currently the Piscataqua takes the public and school field-trips for sails along the river, educating those on-board about the gundalow's role in local maritime history. Part of what the Gundalow Company does during these sails is preserve the area's history and teach its residents about the Piscataqua River's delicate eco-system and how to help maintain it. The Gundalow Company's 2014 season is coming to a close on Oct. 26, so book your sail here.

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