National Geographic : 1952 Sep
SItii New Hampshire Men Launch Driftwood, aBrand-new "Antique" Ashegained years, Capt. Edward H.Adams, the lastactive gundalow skipper, yearned forthefeelof those old-time, heavy, flat-bot tomed river boats. Largely for sentimental reasons, hespent 20 years building agundalow. With hisson, Edward Cass Adams, he scouted forests fortimber, accept ingonly knees and bow planks bent byNature, and put them together with treenails, orwooden pegs. OnCaptain Adams' 90th birth day, virtually allDurham, New Hampshire, turned outtoseethe vessel slide into Great Bay, anarm ofthePiscataqua River. Gundalow that sheis.Driftwood was built fortheshallow Piscata qua. Shoal draft forshallow water, shedraws lessthan three feet. Her predecessors formore than two centuries carried coal, wood, bricks, and other bulky cargoes between river towns. Rigged with stump mast, agun dalow passed beneath low bridges bydipping her slanting yard, on which lateen sails were set. Anticipating thebattles ofCon cord and Lexington, Durham men carried powder ingundalows in 1774. These scowlike New England vessels arethought tohave derived their name from theword gondola. Captain Adams died April 9, 1951. Hissonsails thenew gunda low, sometimes with theaidof motors. Helives onAdams Point, inthewhite house, theAdams resi dence forgenerations.