28. Portsmouth’s Heyday in Shipbuilding

by Gertrude M. Pickett

Heyday in Shipbuilding, Portsmouth Marine Society

Joseph G. Sawtelle had an abiding interest in all things maritime, especially where Portsmouth and the Piscataqua River History was involved. He supported many community projects including the preservation of the USS Albacore.

During the 1970s one of his New Castle neighbors was Gertrude Pickett, a retired teacher. Her late husband was a descendent of a Portsmouth shipbuilding family and one day while looking in the attic of his family home, she discovered a barrel of documents related to the shipping business. Her study of the documents led to more research and eventually to a manuscript. Joe published the work as a paperback edition in 1979.

After Portsmouth’s Heyday in Shipbuilding was published, Joe planned to reprint it in a hard cover format. This we have now done on the 25th anniversary of the original publication and in memory of Joe and Gertrude Pickett. Several other Portsmouth Marine Society books compliment this volume. Clippers of the Port of Portsmouth and the Men Who Built Them by Ray Brighton adds to work begun by Mrs. Pickett and includes many photographs. Tall ships of the Piscataqua, 1830-1877, also by Ray Brighton, discusses many of the ships mentioned by Mrs. Pickett that were not clippers. Jenny Lind and the Clipper Nightingale Figurehead by Eric Svardskog is the most complete work on Portsmouth’s most famous clipper.

7×10 Hardcover, 128 pages, black and white photos, ISBN 0-915819-34-1 $25.00

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