Sailing – Learning – Fun!
“Best Boat Ride” – Editors’ Choice Awards 2013 – Yankee Magazine
“…enjoyable evening. You can bring a picnic, some wine, etc. aboard and just sit and enjoy the ride. But it’s fun for kids, too. We had two 6-year old girls with us and they had a great time helping hoist the sails. The workers kept them very entertained: they collected river water and looked at it under microscopes to identify the different types of plankton, and then went below deck and received a hands-on lesson on nautical maps, so it was a great educational experience for them. We all learned some history about the area and about gundalows, and saw a little bit more of Portsmouth like we wanted.” – gardenbird – TripAdvisor.com Reviewer
“My wife and I had a great time yesterday on the cruise. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable about the area. Nice, romantic date…with a glass of wine on the deck!” – Maria W. – Facebook Fan
A fun, educational morning outing on the water with the kids, a mid-afternoon cruise, or a relaxing sunset sail – any one of these unique and family-friendly, nautical options are available with today’s promotion.
$20 will get you $40 of credit to use towards any of the sailing excursions offered by Porstmouth’s Gundalow Company. While you may have gone on one of the many scenic cruises available in New England, a gundalow cruise is something quite special that is not only relaxing and entertaining, but also educational as well. Have a great time and learn about the Gundalow Company’s mission to protect the Piscataqua Region’s maritime heritage and environment through education and action.
A gundalow is a shallow drafted type of cargo barge, once common in the Gulf of Maine’s rivers and estuaries. They were the equivalent of today’s tractor-trailer rigs, sometimes measuring over 70 feet long and 19 feet wide. They could navigate shallow rivers, carrying freight of up to 50 tons between ocean-going schooners and the growing towns of the Piscataqua region. Built from wood lot timber, most salt-water farmers, fishermen or traders simply built their own. No two gundalows were alike. The Gundalow Company’s new gundalow, Piscataqua, was inspired by drawings of the Fanny M. , which was launched from Adam’s Point in Durham, NH in 1886 by Captain Edward H. Adams. It was the last gundalow to operate commercially in the area.
Now you have a chance to relive a bit of the Granite State’s maritime history, but instead of hauling cargo you’ll be enjoying the food and beverages you’ve taken on your voyage. And if you’d like, you’ll probably get a chance to join the crew in raising the sail and to help steer the ship!
All aboard for this great, summertime deal!