The Gundalow Piscataqua coming to Lowell’s Boat Shop this September!

 

The Gundalow PISCATAQUA arrives at Lowell’s Boat Shop on Monday, September 9 and will be offering sails for LBS Members on Monday, September 9 and Tuesday, September 10. Sail times and prices listed below. 

There will be a special Saving the Merrimack Sail with State Senator Diana DiZoglio, and John Macone from the Merrimack River Watershed Council.

The PISCATAQUA, built at Portsmouth’s Strawbery Banke Museum in 2011, is a re-creation of the gundalow river boats that were once a familiar sight on the river and nearby salt marshes in the stretch between Haverhill and Newburyport.  Before roads and railways, Merrimack gundalows provided vital transportation links in the region’s economy by carrying goods such as salt hay, bricks, and lumber from towns upriver, relying on the tides to travel. With a flat bottom, they could rest in shallow water during a low tide, then set out downriver, carrying cargo to the river mouth to be loaded onto other ships. In their prime, gundalows were employed to load and unload vessels in Newburyport harbor. Sails were later added for extra speed and maneuvering, and evolved to use the lateen rig, which can be lowered so the boats can pass under fixed bridges, especially important in the mid-1800s as railroads were developed.

Monday, September 9
3:00-4:30pm – Merrimack River Sail $28 Adults / $14 Kids (3-13)
5:00-7:00pm – Saving the Merrimack Sail with speakers State Senator Diana DiZoglio, and John Macone from the Merrimack River Watershed Council  $35 Adults / $18 Kids

Tuesday, September 10
3:00-4:30pm – Merrimack River Sail $28 Adults / $14 Kids (3-13)
5:00-7:00pm – Lowell’s Sunset Sail  $35 Adults / $18 Kids

Space is limited! Reserve your tickets HERE. Or call the Gundalow office at: 603.433.9505

Row and Ramble to the 20th Annual Maudslay Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit

 

Saturday, September 14 10AM – 2PM

Join us at Lowell’s Boat Shop for a Row & Ramble to view Sculpture at Maudslay, a site-specific sculpture show at Maudslay State Park in Newburyport. We’ll row our fleet of Banks Dories — and possibly the Surf Dory as well – upriver to the Park, and hike through the magnificent fields, forests, and gardens to view the show. This year’s theme, 20/20, celebrates the twentieth annual show at Maudslay, and plays with the concepts of future and past. We’ll enjoy a picnic (pack your own!) before returning to the boats and heading back to the Boat Shop.

Space is limited; pre-registration required. Families are welcome.

LBS Members: $15; Nonmembers: $18