Every season the New Hampshire Boat Museum has one or more exciting and unusual exhibits that will pique your interest.
Since New Hampshire was first settled, boat building has played an essential role both on the sea coast and on inland lakes and rivers.
From the first settlement of the state until approximately 1900 boat building was focused on essentials of transportation, commerce and, to a limited degree, defense. Generally power was muscle, sail or steam. After World War I and the rise of the gasoline vapor engine boat building became increasingly focused around recreation, both luxury and more modest means.
Today, almost all boating is centered around recreation and support of that through services such as sales, dockage, maintenance and restoration. The exception is Eastern Boats, Inc of Milton – one of the last few remaining boat productions company in the state – which produces a combination of work and pleasure boats.
This year’s exhibit will feature boats and motors made in New Hampshire, telling the stories of those companies and how their impacts on New Hampshire’s local economy. The Regina will be on display for the first time since she was given to the Museum in 2018 by Howard Newton.
The 2020 exhibit is presented by Eastern Propane and the following generous sponsors.