Portsmouth Merchant’s Row Overlooking the Piscataqua River in 1828



Merchant’s Row, to the left, is the rear of a long hillside building which has stores on the third floor at street level at the front. Ladd’s Wharf was prominent as the center of ocean-going commerce up until the 1830’s when the fishing industry took over that section of the harbour. Colorful lateen-rigged barges called “gundalows” plied the hinterland of the Piscataqua and its tributaries picking up cargoes such as marsh hay, cordwood and bricks for coastwise shipment.

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