Every summer, the non-profit Piscataqua Maritime Commission seeks tall ships and other historic vessels to attract residents and tourists.
This weekend, replicas of the Revolutionary War and War of 1812 warships Providence and Pride of Baltimore Two are the featured attractions. Don Coker, who chairs the commission, says that thousands pay fees to board the vessels for tours and short sailing trips.
“This is the single biggest business weekend in Portsmouth during the summer. The people who come here are here to visit our city, see our ships, our sights, all those kinds of things.”
The two ships were escorted in a boat parade along the Piscataqua River to the city’s Commercial Fish Pier Friday, and welcomed by New Hampshire Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen and other officials. Coker says that planning for the yearly “Portsmouth Sails” event takes several months for the Commisssion.
For NHPR News, I’m Roger Wood in Portsmouth.