Harbor Tour of Portsmouth New Hampshire

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Shoreline New Hampshire & Maine

This past Thursday night I had the opportunity to go on a harbor tour/cruise of Portsmouth, New Hampshire along the harbor out to where it runs into the Atlantic Ocean.

Portsmouth New Hampshire harbor view

Portsmouth is a beautiful coastal city on the northern end of the New Hampshire seacoast.

In the harbor view above you can see a new, waterfront condo project under construction and the white steeple of the Old North Church to the far right. At only 13 miles long, the New Hampshire coastline is shorter than any other state that borders an ocean.

Memorial Bridge over the Piscataqua River Portsmouth New Hampshire

Memorial Bridge over the Piscataqua River connects Portsmouth to Kittery, Maine

Because Portsmouth is a working harbor with lots of large ship traffic in and out, two of the bridges over the river are drawbridges which raise every 30 minutes from 7:00 AM until 7:00 PM to accommodate harbor ship traffic. In this photo the middle section of the bridge is starting to lift.

Moran ocean tugboat and tMemorial Bridge over the Piscataqua River connects Portsmouth to Kittery, Maine  Because Portsmouth is a working harbor with lots of large ship traffic in and out, two of the bridges over the river are drawbridges which raise every 30 minutes from 7:00 AM until 7:00 PM to accommodate harbor ship traffic. In this photo the middle section of the bridge is starting to lift.  Read more: http://knoxvilletennesseerealestateblog.com/2010/07/17/harbor-tour-of-portsmouth-new-hampshire/#ixzz0u3d2TUSv Under Creative Commons License: Attributionowing company portsmouth New hampshire

Moran Tugboat & towing company tugboats

The Piscataqua River is the third-fastest tidal river in North America and also very narrow by modern shipping standards.

Local river pilots take the helm of in and outbound commercial vessels and guide them safely through the channel. These three large tugboats are operated by Moran Towing & Tugboats. Because the Piscataqua flows so fast these tugs only operate at “slack tide”, roughly four hours a day.when the incoming tides temporarily balance the outgoing river currents. Check out this Portsmouth harbor cam to watch river traffic live. The images refreshes every 10 seconds.

 



Posted by

Jim Lee , REALTOR®, Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

http://JimLee.com  RE/MAX Shoreline

100 Market St., Suite #200, , Portsmouth, NH 03801 Phone: (603) 431-1111 x3801

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Comments (2)

Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC

Jim

Looks like a very interesting harbor our.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jul 18, 2010 07:25 AM
Jim Lee
RE/MAX Shoreline - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Realtor, Portsmouth, NH

It was Lou and to read some of the history of this area is fascinating. The Portsmouth lighthouse for example was one of the first light houses in America ever. It was built back when this area was still a Brisish Colony before the American Revolution.

Jul 18, 2010 08:43 AM