Lowering the Weights

Sunday, March 25, 2012 — The last section of a 500-ton counterweight was lifted from the south tower of Memorial Bridge between Portsmouth and Kittery about 1:45 p.m. yesterday. At about the 45-second mark, three guys can be seen shoving the 250,000-pound hunk of concrete and steel into place on the barge.


Thursday, January 12, 2011 — While we do not wish to trigger a flood of poetry submissions, we could not resist this. Memorial Last days seem often to be occasions of assemblies prefacing disassembly, as of the tired, too late loved bridge, a spare, utilitarian grace soon to be substituted for the gentle arches and tapered towers. Many feet and paws that daily trod, and some that never did, the grated walkway that borders the venerable spans, will later. But now, as dawns the day before the gates are closed and the work of the cutting torches begins, The moon, whose perfect nickel shape will …

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Rhourd Enouss entering and leaving Portsmouth Harbor

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 — Sonatrach’s Rhourd Enouss is shown entering Portsmouth Harbor at about 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 14th, and leaving at about 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 18th. The ship is 670 feet long, has a beam of 108 feet, and carries a little over 2 million cubic feet of propane. Owned by Sonatrach, Algeria’s government-owned petroleum company, it was built by Kawasaki Shipbuilding of Kobe, Japan, and delivered in 2008. The video is made up of a succession of screenshots taken from a pair of webcams owned and operated by Sebtec, of Derry, NH, and converted to a .mov file by …

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Dreary Day, Great View

Thursday, June 23, 2011 — It’s a dreary day, but we’re happy to see that the view from PortsmouthNH.com‘s Harbor WebCam is no longer obscured by scaffolding and green mesh. We frequently check it while we should be writing instead. Between that and the Hellenic Shipping News’ Live Interactive Ships Traffic Worldwide Map, it’s a wonder we ever get the paper out.

Maine Gubernatorial Visits — Part III

Another update from Ben Porter on the effort to educate the next Governor of Maine on the importance of our bridges: Subject: Two Final Gubernatorial Candidate Schedules Date: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 5:49 PM From: Save Our Bridges! This note provides you with the schedule for the final two gubernatorial candidate visits here in Kittery, and provides a quick summary of the positions of the candidates who have visited so far. On Wednesday, September 15th, Independent Candidate Kevin Scott will be at the Weathervane Lobster in the Rough on Badgers Island at Noon. He will be focusing on listening to all of us about the …

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