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Old Ironsides


The Cruise of Privateer Lynx Print Email
Written by The Shipyard   


Although Portsmouth is technically her home, Portsmouth has not seen the Privateer Lynx in years. Launched in Maine in 2001, the replica of a local privateering ship cruises the waters of the world. We received a few photos from the designer recently (read on)



The Making of Privateer Lynx Print Email
Written by Maritime Heritage   


It's a rare day in the 21st century when a new privateer arrives in its home port. The recondstucted Lynx had such a day in October, 2001. Owner and builder Woodson Woods selected Portsmouth, NH because, he says, of its history as a privateering port -- and for its tax free status.



Mr Smith Meets Mr Jones Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   



The first sloop of war Ranger was built at Portsmouth Harbor and shocked the British Isles in the American Revolution. The second tall ship Ranger was built in the minds of local historians, but launched only in their dreams.



The Brief Career of Pirate John Quelch Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

Joyy roger

Legends of pirates at the Isles of Shoals persist, despite a lack of historical evidence. One band of pirates, however, were captured with their loot at Star Island. Author Clifford Beal tells the story in his revealing and highly readable new book "Quelch’s Gold".



Jenny Lind Selling at Sothebys Print Email
Written by Seacoast Maritime Heritage   

Figurehead Jenny Lind with lover Karl Eric Svarskog / J. Dennis Robinson photo (c) SeacoastNH.comMARITIME HERITAGE 

"I saw through flickering candlelight what presumably was the scarecrow. It was hidden under a thin blanket. Hesitantly, I walked toward the figure to uncover the blanket. When the figure’s intense gaze met mine the world stood still. Who are you? Who made you? Where did you come from?" – Karl Eric Svarskog



Nazi Sub Souvenir Surfaces Print Email
Written by Shipyard Stories   

German Uboat binoculars on

Historians take note. We find eBay to be among the most effective research tools available. By tracking items sold, and writing to sellers, we often discover details about the past that could never be learned in a library. Case in point, these purloined binoculars come with a fascinating story.



USS Albacore Reporter Journal Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

USS Albacore Haul-out/ May 15, 1985 / SeacoastNH.comMAY 15, 1985 
Portsmouth, NH

The day the USS Albacore moved from the sea to dry land attracted thousands of viewers and the US Secretary of the Navy. There was a lot of waiting, a little bit of action. At the end of the day there was a large submarine stuck in the mud. Here is our minute-by-minute account.



Designing the Super Gundalow Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   


Portsmouth’s little tall ship is now 25 – and expecting a baby. The gundalow Captain Edward Adams will continue sailing the Piscataqua, but plans are on the drawing board for a new wooden ship that will carry Seacoast passengers.



Portsmouth Shipyard Memories Print Email
Written by Former Shipyard Workers   


Gor a good story about the history of submarine building and repair at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard? Send it along and we'll consider publishing your memories on this web page. Express Yourself to via email.



Workers Strike at Portsmouth Shipyard Print Email
Written by Ray Brighton   

Disagreement on the dock/

A three-week strike at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is hard to imagine today -- yet it happened about 150 years ago. And it happened through one of those weird convolutions that only federal officials can get themselves into.




More Articles...

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