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Fifth Grade Hops Aboard The Gundalow Piscataqua

posted Jun 4, 2015, 6:51 AM by Seth Cole
Shapleigh School fifth graders hit the seas on Wednesday, June 3 and Thursday, June 4, sailing on the Portsmouth (N.H.) Gundalow Piscataqua. Mrs. Fickett and Mr. Bennington's classes went on Wednesday, while Mrs. Sheldon and Ms. Voltaire's homerooms sailed on Thursday. While on the Piscataqua, students and staff members were immersed in hands-on learning during their voyage: setting the sail, steering the vessel, learning to navigate, towing for plankton, exploring human impact and analyzing water quality. The voyage started and ended in the Portsmouth harbor, and sailed out to Kittery's Fort Foster.

The Piscataqua – launched in December 2011 – continues the legacy of gundalows in the Piscataqua Region. For 250 years they connected tidewater towns to Portsmouth, the region’s seaport and primary market town. Riding the tides and harnessing the wind, these flat-bottomed wooden barges moved cargo crucial to the local economy.

For more information on the Gundalow Company, visit

Thank you to Mr. Bennington for the pictures!