Gundalow Piscataqua

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If you are looking for a memorable boat tour of Portsmouth Harbor, take a two-hour sail on the gundalow Piscataqua. For three centuries, wooden sailing cargo barges, or gundalows, were common sights on the Piscataqua River. Now you can step back in time onboard the Piscataqua, which was built in 2011 as a sailing classroom for students, visitors, and community members.


See Whether you choose a mid-day, afternoon, or sunset sail you will see Portsmouth Harbor from a new perspective. The crew will explain the sights as you sail past tankers, lighthouses, and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Check the online schedule for special “Up-River Sails” toward Dover Point and Great Bay. Private charters are available, where guests can select a route up the Cochecho River or to Adams Point.

Eat Bring a picnic and BYOB on any trip, especially on sunset sails and the Thursday night concert sails, which feature local musicians playing live music. Sunday-brunch sails include pastries and mimosas.

The gundalow also showcases local breweries and restaurants during Saturday night “tastings” onboard.

Enjoy The Piscataqua is a piece of Portsmouth’s maritime heritage and the only gundalow in the world built to carry passengers. Choose from scheduled trips three times a day, five days a week, from Memorial Day to the end of October. Then you can help set sail and steer, or just sit back and enjoy the ride. In addition to music on Thursday evenings, Sunday brunch, and sunset sails, you can also take thematic trips with guest speakers and Saturday morning trips when kids sail for free when accompanied by an adult.

The Piscataqua is docked at the end of Water Street in Prescott Park. You may purchase public sail tickets at or at the Gundalow Company office, 60 Marcy Street, Portsmouth. For information, phone 603 433-9505. Our thanks to Molly Bolster, executive director of Gundalow Company, for providing all program details. 

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