The Gundalow Company

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60 Marcy Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801


Green Story

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!

In 2010, the Gundalow Company partnered with fellow Green Alliance Business Partner Seacoast Energy by installing a small solar panel onboard the Captain Edward H. Adams, the 30-year old gundalow that was used for dockside programs before the Piscataqua was built. The single-panel solar electric system keeps the batteries charged for the bilge pumps meaning less reliance on shore power and a great chance to educate visitors about solar power.

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Report Card Score

What makes us green?

  • Educational programs designed to teach value of environmental stewardship.
  • Provides community outreach aimed at raising environmental awareness.
  • Installed a solar panel with the help of Seacoast Energy.
  • Provides eco friendly Seacoast tourism option.
  • Advocates and supports "green" initiatives from local organizations and nonprofits.
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