Thursday, August 11, 2016

Tall Ships Invade Portsmouth

Tall ships arrive in Portsmouth
Sea Coast Online
By Austin McGuigan
August 10, 2016

Parade leads tall ships into the Port City

The Oliver Hazard Perry tall ship docks in Portsmouth on Wednesday early evening after being in the boat parade on Piscataqua. Photo by Deb Cram/Seacoastonline
PORTSMOUTH—Not since 2007 has Ethan Bensley set foot on the Harvey Gamage. Spending four months onboard, Bensley who lives in Kittery, Maine, sailed the Gamage from the U.S. Virgin Islands to Boston as part of a “semester at sea.”

“It was awesome back in high school, it was a long time ago now,” said Bensley. “It’s a fun sail, it really is an old school sailing boat… certainly sailing on it is fun, but living on it is an whole other thing.”

On Wednesday, Bensley and his fiancĂ©e Lia Hoffmann, sailed aboard the Harvey Gamage for the annual Parade of Sail in the Piscataqua River. The parade kicked off the Piscataqua Maritime Commission Sail Portsmouth 2016 festival — held Thursday through Sunday.

A replica of a 19th century schooner, the Gamage carried 47 people up river. The Oliver Hazard Perry, Sail Portsmouth’s second featured tall ship, led the parade past the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and towards the Memorial Bridge.
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