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Old Ironsides

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Old Ironsides


Family Photos of USS Albacore Haul-out Print Email
Written by David Hancock   


Floating the Portsmouth-built USS Albacore onto what is now relatively dry land was an extraordinary feat in 1985. Today Albacore Park is among the most popular visitor sites in Portsmouth, and yet, the sight of a beached submarine never fails to turn heads. In honor of that original effort, offers this candid record of the great Albacore “haul-out” with photos from the personal collection of David Hancock. (Continued below)

Gundalow Company Revives Piscataqua Boatbuilding Print Email
Written by Carol Walker Aten   


Under a custom-made wooden cover, the new gundalow takes shape at the temporary shipyard on Puddle Dock at Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A dedicated team of boat builders and skilled craftsmen, supported by many volunteers, are constrtucting the new gundalow that is scheduled to start public sails in Spring 2012. The shipyard is on view seven days a week 10am-5pm with admission to Strawbery Banke. “Boatbuilder Chats,” an insider’s tour of the new gundalow, are held the last Wednesday of each month at 5pm at the shipyard. (Continued below)


Lynx Lights Up Print Email
Written by LeeAnne Gordon   


Since leaving Portsmouth, NH in the spring of 2010, the privateer LYNX has sailed to Canada, to an extensive and successful tour of the Great Lakes, and back down the East Coast. The tall ship that teaches about the War of 1812 is now wintering in Florida for a return trip in 2011. She is currently in St. Augustine for the holidays and the captain and crew post frequent reports online. (Continued below)


Inside the Tall Ship Boat Parade Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   


We’ve seen these boats from both sides now. Having sailed aboard Lynx and Bounty, we wanted to get the outside view in Portsmouth Harbor. Writer Rodman Philbrick took the helm of his fishing boat and for two glorious hours we wandered among the maritime traffic on a perfect Piscataqua Day. Here are the photos from our Memorial Day cruise with HMS Bounty and Lynx. (See photos below)

Cyclone Disaster at Navy Yard Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   



August 8, 1901

A reader letter prompts a quick investigation into a 1901 tragedy at the Portsmouth Naval shipyard. Includes details from the Portsmouth Herald as a freak "cyclone" killed two on the floating drydock in Kittery, Maine.

How Issac Hull Built Washington Print Email
Written by J Dennis Robinson   

Isaac Hull


Isaac Hull’s job was to build the largest warship in the American navy. He had no wood, no place to build in winter and little money. There was a war on and a British blockade. The Portsmouth Shipyard had almost no buildings and only a dozen workers. Times were even tougher at PNSY then, than now.



Maine Mulls Memorial Bridge Fate Print Email
Written by Maine DOT   

 Maine Seal


What’s up with historic Memorial Bridge? Here is the press release from the Maine Dept of Transportation. These are the people making the big decision and we here in NH hope they there in Maine make the right choice. Read on, and be sure to express your views loudly and clearly. (See below)

Portsmouth Shipyard in a Bottle Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   


The commissioning of the USS New Hampshire in 2008 reminded locals of their deep connection to the sea. The region’s maritime heritage begins two centuries before the arrival of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in 1800. Once dependent on the federal shipyard for its economy and reputation, Portsmouth is no longer a ship-building city – but remains an important port of call.  


John Paul Jones Cover Story Print Email
Written by Maritime History   



Naval historian Joe Callo puts John Paul Jones back on the newsstands with a deliciously colorful feature in Military History magazine. Jones looks very good on the cover, yet it is a privilege rarely granted to the complex naval hero.



Catherine the Great Meets John Paul Jones Print Email
Written by Dimitri Devyatkin   

jpjcatherine.jpgMARITIME HERITAGE

New York filmmaker Dimitri Devyatkin thinks it is time to bring John Paul Jones back to the silver screen. It has been half a century since his portrayal by Robert Stack. But one chapter of Jones’ life has never been dramatized – his dramatic and devastating exploits as an admiral for the czar of Russia. (Read More)




More Articles...

  1. The Cruise of Privateer Lynx
  2. The Making of Privateer Lynx
  3. Mr Smith Meets Mr Jones
  4. The Brief Career of Pirate John Quelch
  5. Jenny Lind Selling at Sothebys
  6. Nazi Sub Souvenir Surfaces
  7. USS Albacore Reporter Journal
  8. Designing the Super Gundalow
  9. Portsmouth Shipyard Memories
  10. Workers Strike at Portsmouth Shipyard
  11. Nazi U-Boats Surrender at Portsmouth
  12. Humphrey Bogart and Portsmouth Prison
  13. Rare Portsmouth Whaling Diary
  14. Portsmouth Fails at Whaling
  15. John Paul Jones Film Summary
  16. Defending Our First Sea Warrior
  17. Inside Paul Jones Cottage Birthplace
  18. The Day the Shipyard Burned
  19. Mine Planter Richard Arnold Sinks
  20. John Paul Jones Sued in NH
  21. John Paul Jones Comic Book Hero 1
  22. Our Unconstitutional Summer
  23. Portsmouth Shipyard Celebrates
  24. Peace of Portsmouth Parade
  25. Waging Peace in Portsmouth
  26. Postcards from Ground Zero
  27. The Lost Newspapers of 1777
  28. Return of Paul Jones Mummy Index
  29. The Two Burials of John Paul Jones
  30. Postcards from Portsmouth Navy Yard
  31. Motel Ironsides Leaves Portsmouth
  32. In Search of Paul Jones Pistol
  33. Hauling Out the USS Albacore
  34. Finding the Body of Admiral Jones
  35. Old Ironsides Best Web Links
  36. Paul Jones Paris Exhumation Photos
  37. The Helen Seavey Quilting Party
  38. Two Rare USS Constitution Photos Found
  39. The Ranger Flag Legend
  40. The Bonhomme Richard Flag Hoax
  41. The Poem That Saved Old Ironsides
  42. Old Ironsides
  43. A Short History of Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
  44. Home by Tug at 103
  45. Captain Jones Onstage
  46. Postcards from Paul Jones Crypt
  47. Evan Thomas on John Paul Jones
  48. Ranger Barely Captures HMS Drake
  49. Bret Harte Tackles Paul Jones
  50. Annual JPJ Birthday Party
  51. Ranger Raids Britain
  52. Paul Jones 1905 Autopsy
  53. Farewell Paul Jones
  54. First US Navy Recruiting Poster
  55. Great Encouragement for Seamen
  56. He Bought HMS Drake
  57. A Ghostly Friendship
  58. Is This John Paul Jones Corpse?
  59. Best John Paul Jones Links
  60. John Paul Jones Timeline
  61. John Paul Jones in Portsmouth
  62. The Importance of Ranger
  63. Captain Jones -- Pirate or Patriot?
  64. Miss Huntington Plays Paul Jones
  65. The Shipyard
  66. Ironsides in Portsmouth Harbor
  67. John Paul Jones


  • John Paul Jones

    (1747 - 1792)

    Scottish born naval captain John Paul Jones visited New Hampshire twice. In 1777 he took Portsmouth-built RANGER with a Piscataqua crew to France. There he worried the British in a series of guerilla raids before his famous battle in the BON HOMME RICHARD. Later, a hero decorated by the king of France, he returned to Portsmouth to fit out the AMERICA, largest ship of war ever built in the nation to that day.  Jones stayed at the Purcell House, today the Paul Jones Museum. This site offers those stories and many more.

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  • The Shipyard


    Skilled boatbuilders were producing fine wooden ships from the dense local forests  by the late 1600s. The Raleigh, first of the ships in the Contientnal Navy was built here before the Revolution. Shipyards flourished all along the Piscataqua and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine is over 200 years old. This section is dedicated to those ships, the men and women who built and sailed them, and their families.

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  • Old Ironsides


    Among the oldest pictures in the US Navy archives is an iamge of :Old Ironsides" under repair in Portsmouth Harbor. Though built and berthed still in Charleston, Mass, the USS CONSTITUTION has deep ties to the Piscataqua. The oldest US naval ship was here for nearly two decades during a strange era in her history -- told here.

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