December 20, 2016
New England Boating TV: Portsmouth, NH Now Live Online
In this episode of New England Boating TV, co-hosts Parker Kelley and Tom Richardson visit the bustling port of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Featured are the municipal docks at Prescott Park, where visiting boaters can keep their vessel overnight or tie up on an hourly basis. The marina puts boaters within a ten-minute walk of downtown Portsmouth and even closer to one of the city’s chief attractions—Strawbery Banke Museum. This “living museum” encompasses 10 acres and gives visitors a snapshot of what Portsmouth was like through the centuries through its various preserved homes.
The museum is steps away from another popular historic attraction, the Gundalow Piscataqua, where Tom interviews its captain, Matt Glenn. This wooden replica of the sail-powered barges that once transported goods up and down the lower river is available for tours and sails, and also serves as a children’s day camp in summer.
Tom and Parker learn more about the river during an extensive tour of with Harbormasters Rodney McQuate and Del Record. The tour starts at the public launch ramp below the Pierce Island bridge and proceeds through the Back Channel, which offers a protected and scenic route between the open Atlantic and downtown Portsmouth. Along the way, Tom and Parker stop to chat with Spencer Epperson, manager of the Wentworth by the Sea Marina in nearby Newcastle. The river tour segment also spotlights Whaleback Light, Fort Constitution and the imposing former prison on Sullivan Point in Kittery before wrapping up just below the Memorial lift bridge, which marks the gateway to the upper river and the Great Bay estuary.
Of course, the episode also serves up a taste of Portsmouth’s downtown delights, including the very hip Row 34 restaurant and the Black Trumpet, where Parker prepares a duck breast with a Chinese 5-spice rub, garlic scapes, heirloom beet greens and grits with an apricot vinaigrette. Parker also takes a stroll through the downtown area on a curated tour with the folks from Discover Portsmouth. On the list is a look at the crew’s comfortable and stylish accommodations: The Ale House Inn and the Hotel Portsmouth. Both are ideal spots from which to explore this eclectic, ever-growing coastal city.