News : Meet a Green Alliance Business: The Gundalow Company

Sep 21, 2015

Originally Published in the Portsmouth Herald

Who: One of the draws to the city of Portsmouth is its embrace and exhibition of local history. The Gundalow Company, located near Strawbery Banke, offers a unique living history experience along the Piscataqua River. Gundalows, unique to the area, were once the primary mode of transportation for importing and exporting goods up the river to locations like Dover and Exeter.

Their uncommon design allowed gundalows to navigate the Great Bay estuary’s shallow waters. With the invention and rise in popularity of the locomotive, gundalows vanished from Portsmouth’s trade industry in the early 1900s. In 1982, the Piscataqua Gundalow Project built a replica gundalow, dubbed Capt. Edward H. Adams after the last gundalow captain to sail during its heyday, and an environmental steward, using traditional methods to educate residents and visitors about the Great Bay Estuary’s fragile ecosystem. The Gundalow Company formed in 2002 using the replica vessel to continue and expand those educational programs.

Today, the Gundalow Company offers 300 sails for up to 46 passengers on board its newest vessel, the Piscataqua, including students, visitors and residents. Tours include discussions on the history of the gundalow, its service to the trade industry that helped grow the Seacoast’s early economy, and how visitors can ensure the environmental longevity of the area through education and service.

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