Boating, Fishing, and Travel Information for Portsmouth, NH
If you’re looking for the best of yesterday and today, you’ll find it in Portsmouth. The stretch of water that forms the border between Maine and New Hampshire is practically the definition of working waterfront, with tugboats, tankers, fishing boats, and pleasure yachts all battling the strong currents that rip through four times a day. With plenty of accommodations for both visiting cruisers and land-based travelers, Portsmouth’s narrow streets and cobblestone paths serve as a delightful setting for some serious coastal exploration.
Portsmouth Harbor, 37 miles southwestward of Cape Elizabeth and about 25 miles northward of Cape Ann Light, is the only harbor of refuge for deep-draft vessels between Portland and Gloucester. Portsmouth Harbor is at the mouth of Piscataqua River and is the approach to the cities of Portsmouth and Dover, and the towns of New Castle, Kittery, Newmarket, Durham, Newington, and Exeter. The harbor, of sufficient depth to accommodate large deep-draft ships, is open throughout the year, though vessels may be hampered somewhat in passing through the two lift bridges to deepwater berths above the city.
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