About Us - Propeller Club of Portsmouth
Port of Portsmouth, New Hampshire
The Portsmouth organization was chartered on the 5th of June, 1974 with 97 members. Its President was Captain Richard Holt, Harbor Pilot for Portsmouth Pilots, Inc. The club has more than fulfilled its role designated by the national charter; serving as a source of information and as a forum for discussions on waterborne commerce and marine industry in the Port of New Hampshire area. Issues have included the two hundred mile fishing limit, the propane gas terminal in Newington, and the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant. The club has supported the commercial redevelopment of the former Pease Air Force Base and continues to support the potential benefits of the merger of the Port of New Hampshire and the Pease Redevelopment Authority. In a multi-year project led by past President and Committee Chair Frank Chadwick, the club played a vital role in the development and improvement program that resulted in the 1990 dredging to provide a wider and safer channel in the Piscataqua River.
The Portsmouth Propeller Club has been involved in many marine related "Special Projects" such as: The organization of OP Sail '76 held in June in Boston Harbor, and the Youth Cruise Program in 1981. Programs funded by Youth Cruise enabled young people to participate in sail-training cruises aboard the topsail schooner Providence in 1981 and 1982. In 1983, an Outward Bound School at Hurricane Island in Maine was sponsored. The club supported, in many ways, the dry berthing of the U.S. Submarine Albacore and the creation of "Albacore Park". Also, several marine environmental and education programs at Odiorne Point State Park and the University of New Hampshire Sea Grant Programs have received the club's financial support (Donations from student educational assistance have been made to Maine Maritime Academy and Massachusetts Maritime Academy).
The Propeller Club "Bake Team" is renown for its Lobster Bakes. They have and still put on Lobster Bakes for various organizations throughout the Seacoast. All fees and donations raised by the Bake Team are a primary source for funding Special Projects.
Dinner meetings are usually held on the third Thursday of the month in September, November, January and March. The combination of purpose, camaraderie, and programs with informative speakers on a variety of maritime issues of local interest have all contributed to the strength of the Propeller Club Port of Portsmouth, NH. Meetings have been suspended due to COVID-19.
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