Film Series

Gundalow Company presents a winter film series. All films will be shown at the Gundalow Company at 60 Marcy Street in Portsmouth.

January 19, 7:00 pm — “Around Cape Horn”

Captain Irving Johnson sailed aboard the Peking in 1929, as the sun set on the days of commercial sail. During his voyage on the big German four masted barque, Johnson compiled unequaled footage of the crew’s daily activities, and spectacular images of a wild storm as the ship made the dangerous passage around Cape Horn. Johnson’s narration of the trip is a delight. Retired in 1975, this historic vessel now resides at the South Street Seaport Museum in New York City.

February 16, 7:00 pm — “Abandoned in the Arctic”

Introduced by Executive Producer, Dr. Geoffrey E. Clark

In August 1881, Lt. Adolphus W. Greely and a team of 24 determined men set out as part of the First International Polar Year to build a research station on Ellesmere Island, 450 miles from the North Pole. The Lady Franklin Bay Expedition began as the most ambitious arctic expedition in United States history, but was destined to descend into a three year journey through frozen hell – a voyage of forced retreat, starvation, brewing mutiny and cannibalism. Against all odds, six men survived. “Abandoned” attempts to unravel the mystery surrounding what really happened during the three years Greely and his men were marooned in the arctic.

March 16, 7:00 pm — “Fame: The Salem Privateer”

Explore the career of Fame, from her triumphant first cruise to her stormy end in the Bay of Fundy, and chronicles the building of a full-scale, double-sawn-frame replica some 200 years later. This documentary follows Harold Burnham through every step of construction, from lofting to launch.

“Canal Schooner Lois McClure”

Post film discussion with Paul Rollins

In 2002, a team of boat builders, including Paul Rollins, spent three seasons constructing a full-scale replica of an 1862-class sailing canal boat. Constructed in Burlington, Vermont, the schooner Lois McClure was built while keeping the shipyard open for visitors to view the work in progress.

The Gundalow Winter Film Series is free and open to the public. For more information, call (603) 433-9505 or email

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