Tracking the Ghostly Gundalow
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HISTORIC PORTSMOUTH #60

Many local children instantly recognize this vessel (click to see) as a gundalow. Shallow flat-bottomed barges like the one seen here could carry up to 50 tons of cargo throughout the Piscataqua region. Early ones had no deck and were propelled by poles or oars. The sail and rudder evolved later. Thanks to the Gundalow Company, kids and adults today can tour a reproduced 1886-style gundalow as it travels the seacoast. 

 

HISTORIC PHOTOS of the Greater Portsmouth Area appear here weekly

Gundalow in the Piscataqua River region (c) Strawbery Banke Museum Archives

From HISTORIC PORTSMOUTH
Early Photographs from the Collections of Strawbery Banke
by James L. Garvin & Susan Grigg, Peter Randall Publisher
(c) Strawbery Banke Museum . All rights reserved

OUTSIDE LINK: Visit the Gundalow Company