- Associated Press - Sunday, July 6, 2014

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - The history and construction of watercraft used on the Piscataqua River are topics of a new exhibition in New Hampshire.

Officials say the river is known for having one of the fastest navigable tidal currents in the United States, making it necessary to design craft capable of handling swiftly running waters.

The exhibit, called “Water, Wood & Wind: Regional Craft on the Piscataqua” focuses on creations such as the Piscataqua Wherry, which served as a water taxi during the 1800s and was most likely the boat used by Louis Wagner to row out to the Isles of Shoals to commit the infamous 1873 Smuttynose murders.

Other watercrafts are the Whitehall Rowboat, the Merry Mac Sailboat, which was popular during the 1950s, and the Gundalow, a flat-bottomed cargo-bearing ship used through the early 1900s.

The exhibit consists of images, schematics, and artifacts related to watercraft. Installations of some of the boats themselves will be featured.

The exhibit is at the Wentworth Lear Historic Houses. An opening reception will be held at the Wentworth-Gardner House on Thursday, July 10 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The exhibit runs through Sept. 5.

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