Gundalow Sails Take Visitors Back in Time

Gundalow Sails Take Visitors Back in Time
Photo/Gundalow Company/Photograph by Ralph Morang ©Ralph Morang

Seacoastonline.com: In an area rich in history, it’s important to have opportunities to take a step back from the present and learn from the past. The Gundalow Company [in Portsmouth, NH] offers school children and the public a chance to use their vessel as a time machine to sail back in time and learn the importance these unique transports had on the region’s maritime industry.

In the 1650s, gundalows, a shallow-draft type of cargo barge, were specifically designed for the region. Their unique flat-bottom design allowed for the vessel to rest on the muddy river bottom when the tide went out, and evenly rise with the incoming tide. Gundalows made it possible for cargo to be shipped upstream from Portsmouth to towns such as Durham, Newmarket and Dover, expanding trade and developing Portsmouth into a successful port town. Because of their key role in developing the area’s economy, the gundalow is often referred to as the tractor-trailer of its time.

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