Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Weathervane Wednesday ~ Seen on a River Cruise

Weathervane Wednesday is an on-going series of photographs I post weekly.  I started out by publishing only weather vanes from the Londonderry area, but now I've been finding interesting weather vanes from all over New England.  Sometimes these weather vanes are whimsical, or historical, but all are very unique.  Often, my readers tip me off to some very special and unusual weather vanes.

Today's weather vanes were seen in New Hampshire.

Do you know the location of all the weather vanes in post #306?  Scroll down to see the answer...





Last fall we took a lovely cruise up the Piscataqua River from Portsmouth to Dover, New Hampshire.  It was supposed to be a foliage cruise, but the narration was excellent for the history of the area.  We passed many historical sights because the river was used for settlement, industry, shipping, transportation and recreation.  The autumn foliage was wonderful, but Vincent also took lots of great photos of buildings, factories, cities, towns, boats, birds (including a bald eagle!), wildlife and several weathervanes.

The first weathervane A is in the city of Portsmouth, were we started our cruise.  This is the weathervane above the steeple of St. John's Episcopal Church at 100 Chapel Street.  It is an old banner style weather vane.  This church was founded in 1732 as an Anglican church called "Queen's Chapel" on the same site as the present church.  After the revolution it was renamed "St. John's", and the present building was erected in 1807.

Weathervanes B and C were spotted above private residences along the river.  There were many homes seen along the waterway, from spacious mansions to small summer cottages.  We traveled up the Piscataqua and then turned up the Cocheco River towards the city of Dover.

Weather vane D is on the steeple above "St. John's Apartments" on Chapel Street in Dover.  This is a former church renovated into four floors of elderly housing.  This is a beautiful, intricate ship, symbolic of the shipping industry that was common here along the Cocheco River before the river was dammed for the textile mills.  After the dam was built the Cocheco became too shallow and silty for shipping.

St. John's Episcopal Church Portsmouth, New Hampshire website -

St. John's Apartments -  

Portsmouth Harbor Cruise foliage tour- 

Click here to see all the previous Weathervane Wednesday posts!  


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ Seen on a River Cruise", Nutfield Genealogy, posted April 12, 2017,  ( accessed [access date]).

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