Dover's Waterfront: A 19th-Century Shipping Port
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Learn about Dover's historic and thriving shipping trade. Our speaker for this webinar is George Maglaras. Dover's shipping trade, which included all manner of vessels from gundalows to 3-masted schooners, also supported many businesses and industries which lined the Cochecho River. This area, along Cochecho Street, was the commercial center of Dover for 200 years, until the great flood of 1896, called “Dover’s Black Day”, wiped out most riverfront businesses and deposited vast amounts of silt and sand into the river, essentially ending large-scale shipping. This presentation will combine waterfront history with a large dose of entertainment through George’s tales of river lore and legend.
George Maglaras is proprietor of George’s Marina, located at the former epicenter of Dover’s thriving and bustling seaport, grew up along the waterfront and is a highly regarded raconteur of Dover’s maritime history. Mr. Maglaras has been a Strafford County Commissioner for 19 terms, and Chairman since 1987. He has over 45 years of involvement in numerous civic, municipal, and state organizations as well, serving in the NH Legislature and as Mayor of Dover in 1990-91.