This spring, over 45 classes are participating in school sails aboard the gundalow Piscataqua, a reproduction of the traditional wooden vessel operated by the nonprofit Gundalow Company. Sailing aboard this “floating classroom,” students engage in interactive activities including setting the sail, steering the vessel, learning to navigate, towing for plankton, and exploring human impact on the environment. The students also learn about the storied maritime heritage of the Piscataqua Region. These field trips continue through June and the Gundalow Company is currently taking school reservations for September and October.
This year C&J Bus Lines is providing 14 round trips for students, from their schools to the gundalow dock at Prescott Park. Many of the schools would not be able to afford these field trips without the free transportation provided by C&J Bus Lines. “All of us must support the mission of this great American means of moving people, and goods to points throughout the Piscataqua and believe that its history should be embraced by both visitors and citizens of our regions even at an early age,” stated Jim Jalbert, President C&J Bus Lines. “C&J is pleased to transport local students to visit and relive the History of the gundalow and the important role it continues to play in our region.”
The Gundalow Company is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect the Piscataqua region’s maritime heritage through education and action. It operates a traditional reproduction of the flat-bottom gundalow barges that were once prevalent along local waterways. For more information about the Gundalow go to www.gundalow.org or call 603-433-9505.