Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Piscataqua River Tug Cruise

I decided to take a drive up to Portsmouth, New Hampshire and found myself walking up Bow Street and saw a sign, "Tug Boat Cruises". Intrigued, I inquired. The tug takes six passengers out for one and a half hours along the Piscataqua River and around New Castle Island.

The Piscataqua River separates New Hampshire and Maine. It is the second fastest running river in the United States, second behind the mighty Columbia River between Washington and Oregon. Large tugs are needed to guide ships from the open sea into Portsmouth.

The Tug Alley Too has been a working tugboat for almost four decades in the Gulf of Maine and now sails the Piscataqua and Gulf of Maine.

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This is Captain Bob in the wheel house...

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and Peter, our Deckhand. Peter has worked on tugs in both Portsmouth and New York City. Both Captain Bob and Peter shared some of the stories and history of the area.
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Leaving the dock, we sail under the WWI Memorial Bridge.
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Then past the Navy Shipyard. Those cranes are HUGE!
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The trip gave me an opportunity to photograph the abandoned Coast Guard Station…
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and Whaleback Lighthouse.
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This is the Fort Constitution Lighthouse, also know as the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse.
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There is a lot of history in the area. This building belonged to the first governor of New Hampshire.
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If you ever wondered what happened to the money spent buying your crayons when you were a kid, well, this is the answer. It went towards building this mansion.
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Here is a Common Tern sitting on a red nun channel marker.
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I guess that I would like to close this post by saying how much I enjoyed sailing on the Tugboat Ally Too. Captain Bob and Peter were great. Having only six aboard made it a very personal trip. The cruise rates were very reasonable and I was really glad to have a platform to take some photos and to learn more about Portsmouth Harbor.

Check out my post with fall colors from last year and visit friend and New Hampshire blogger Sharon has some interesting Portsmouth, NH posts.

I didn't show you everything from the cruise, I think you should discover Portsmouth for yourself. You can learn more about the Tug Ally Too at


Jim said...

great shots
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SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

You could have invoted me too Steve. A wonderful post.

Frank said...

What a great day trip.Thanks Steve for the idea. This looks like alot of fun

Anonymous said...

Hey Steve, thanks for taking us on that little cruise, great scenes and great photography.

(the word verification was "CRUSIA", almost right.)

Chris said...

Hi Steve,
That was apparently a very nice cruise. Beautiful seascape shots! I wonder if the tern was the only bird you saw ;-)

Kim said...

Great pics Steve. Love the one w/ the Common Tern and the one w/ the flag.

Eve said...

A great trip Steve. I love the colors of the Governor's house!

A New England Life said...

What a great personalized cruise you had Steve. Sure wish I could have joined you. So nice to see things from a water-view perspective.

So is that the Crayola mansion? I love to sit up on that wall at Fort Constitution and look up river and out to sea. The view is just amazing. Sounds like the guys really know their history!


Helen said...

You have some great shots from that trip. Very interesting they were. Helen

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