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Maritime Talks are given by experts on various maritime subjects of interest to the Seacoast population.  Our talks are free and open to the public. Refreshments are provided. Invitations are sent to those on our mailing list.  Announcements of place, time, speaker and topic can be found on this website, on Facebook, Instagram and in the local newspapers.

If you would like to suggest a speaker or topic, please share your ideas with us. Contact Carl Gurtman, the PMC board member who organizes the series. He may be reached at


The Piscataqua Maritime Commission (PMC) is pleased to present a Maritime Talk on Bridging the Piscataqua.  This Maritime Talk will take place at 7:00 pm, Tuesday, 28 May 2019, in the TYCO Visitor Center at the Strawbery Banke Museum, located next to the main parking lot at 14 Hancock Street, Portsmouth, NH.  This talk is free to Members of the PMC and Strawbery Banke.  For others, a $5 donation is requested.  Refreshments will be served.


Presenters will be Eric Reuter and Richard Hopley.

Mr. Reuter was born in Portsmouth and raised in Kittery.  An enthusiastic railroad historian and photographer, Eric regularly presents on the history of the railroads that have served the Seacoast over the last two centuries.  His interest in railroads, and the railroad bridges over the Piscataqua, led him into a broader study of all bridges over the Piscataqua, from the earliest bridges until the present.

Mr. Hopley retired in 2014, after 30 years with the City of Portsmouth and is spending more time pursuing his serious hobby of photography.  With a professional background in civil engineering, he is also interested in construction photography, especially bridge construction.  He has documented major projects from beginning to end.

Mr.  Reuter's portion of the presentation will focus on the fascinating history of the Piscataqua River bridges.  Mr. Hopley, with his civil engineering and photography background was the perfect selectee by the Sarah Mildred Bridge's prime contractor, Cianbro Corporation to document the entire bridge construction project.  His portion of the presentation starts in 2015, and is drawn from the over 7,000 photographs, including those taken from 20 helicopter flights.

The PMC hosts Tall Ships visiting Portsmouth - Sail Portsmouth - and sends underserved teens to sea on Sail Training ships; it's Sea Challenge.  The PMC's wider mission is the promotion & preservation of the maritime heritage of the Piscataqua River Basin.  We also sponsor talks on maritime-related subjects; this is the thirteenth of a continuing series.  To find out more about the PMC, visit





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