Name / Description

Piscataqua River

Type

Rivers

Discoverer

Martin Pring (1603)

Length (miles)

20

Part of / Flows into

Atlantic/ at Portsmouth

Sovereignty

New Hampshire/Maine

Additional Notes

The principal river of coastal New Hampshire, providing an ample harbor at Portsmouth, just three miles from the open ocean. Kittery, Maine on northerern side of river from Portsmouth. Tidal swing at mouth of 7' and maximum spring ebb. current of 6 knots. Major site for shipbuilding in 18th century. River and its tributaries reached Exeter, Durham and South Berwick, 25 miles from the sea, enabling all these towns to serve as minor ports and shipbuilding centers.

Related People

Pring, Martin

Related Locations

Portsmouth, NH,

Related Source

Ports of Piscataqua: A Maritime History (1941)
Cross-Grained & Wily Waters: A Guide to the Piscataqua Maritime Region

Record ID: 158