Great Cove Boat Club

The Safe and Sociable Home Port for Southern Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire

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The Club Signal

The Great Cove Boat Club BurgeeThe Club Burgee’s central device, roughly a 3-legged “A” without the horizontal bar, represents the “Broad Arrow” or King’s Mark, by ancient usage affixed to property of the British Royal Navy.

Beginning in the 1680’s upon the British Admiralty’s imposition of the Broad Arrow Policy on the Piscataqua Region and Down East Maine, Royal surveyors would blaze the King’s Mark onto select White Pines 24 inches and more in diameter. Appropriated by the Crown’s appointed Surveyors of Pines and Timber, these choice specimens were reserved as masts in the service of the Royal Navy and for no other purpose.

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Officers & Committees

Directors and Officers for 2017

Greg Mahanna, President - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bob Crichton, Vice President & Programs Chair - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Paul Elkins, Operations Chair - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bob Viel, Treasurer - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tom Raynor, Secretary - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Adam Baker, Membership Chair - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Butch Madden, Operations Mgr - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


History

The Great Cove Boat Club is located on the Kittery/Eliot town line on the Maine side of the Piscataqua River, across from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and just up-river from the I-95 Bridge. The Club is centered in the Piscataqua Maritime Region, renowned for having one of the richest and most complete nautical histories in America.

English settlers established themselves on the banks of the Piscataqua nearly 400 years ago, originally to trade and fish, but soon developed a burgeoning maritime and naval ship-building industry and a strategically critical supplier of masts for the Royal Navy. The first warship produced in North America was the 50-gun HMS Falkland in 1696 on an island just downriver from the Club. Launched from this same site in 1776 and 1777 were the Continental Navy frigates Raleigh and Ranger, constructed under the energetic supervision of John Paul Jones, the Father of the American Navy. As Captain of the Ranger, Jones sailed to Quiberon, France in early 1778, and received from its harbor fort the first recognition by a foreign government of the new American flag proudly flying from its mast.

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Map & Directions

Directions By Sea:

GPS Coordinates:
43°05.77' N
070°46.00' W

  • Enter the Piscataqua River from Red Bouy 2KR.
  • Pass Whaleback Light, keeping Red Bouy 2 on the starboard side.
  • Proceed upriver past the old Naval prison and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (starboard side).
  • Portsmouth, NH will be on the port side.
  • Pass under Memorial Bridge, Sarah Long Bridge, and US Route 95 Bridge.
  • Great Cove Boat Club is just past the US Route 95 Bridge on the starboard side.

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