The Spiral Staircase on The Waterfront
The spiral staircase that climbs the building on the waterfront side of Bow Street has long been a favorite of mine. The lighting is usually dramatic at the waterfront, and this bright afternoon was no exception. The tugboats can be seen in the background as well as the waterfront deck of the Martingale Wharf. It’s the little details around town that I always enjoy seeing, in all types of weather and in all types of light.
The Martingale Wharf Deck always has a great view of sunset, but it also has a beautiful view towards the Memorial Bridge – seen here around the corner of Bow Street amidst the subtle colors of dusk.
From a distance, a night on the waterfront in Portsmouth seems tranquil and inviting. This same scene from the decks themselves reveals a busy and vibrant night life, where it’s normal to have to wait for a table – but it’s usually all worth it if you can time it perfectly and enjoy a summer sunset out over the Piscataqua River on a warm night.
A vista of downtown Portsmouth and its historic Ceres Street and Bow Street waterfronts. The dark and ominous sky made for a moody scene – but didn’t keep a few rays of sunlight from reaching through.
The Portsmouth waterfront along Bow Street is a unique little spot in this world. In the summertime, it is a lively and bustling place filled with restaurant patrons and good food & beverage, usually with a gorgeous waterfront sunset and a front row seat to industrial river traffic.
As seen from Maine, the waterfront is a more peaceful and distant place. This was taken following an intense thunderstorm in the late afternoon, with towering clouds hovering over the city. The Martingale Wharf can be seen mid-construction with its iron framing in plain site, after the original building was demolished.
One of my favorite things to do in town has always been to enjoy a drink and a meal on the waterfront. Not many places in this world get to enjoy a beautiful waterfront spot, with interesting industrial activity and a lively crowd. In this image, the new Martingale Wharf building can be seen across the water from the Portsmouth Harbor Cruise dock. You have to click this one to see it large.