News : Isle of Shoals Steamship Company Kicks off 2012 Season Continuing Green Focus

May 14, 2012

The Isle of Shoals Steamship Company is an iconic, albeit mobile, institution on the Seacoast. Having been in Portsmouth since 1962, the ISSCo is truly part of the community. Originally founded in 1962 as Viking Cruises by Arnold Whittaker, the Steamship Company is still in the family, having been passed along first to Bob, Arnold’s son and most recently, in 1999, to Arnold’s daughter-in-law, Robin Whittaker.

The residents of Portsmouth know summer is around the corner when they spot its boats in the harbor. Each year, the company offers 6 kinds of tours around the Seacoast in addition to the Thomas Laighton “party ships”, which can be chartered for all types of nautical adult fun. Running mostly private events for the month of May for groups like the graduating seniors from the University of New Hampshire, the ISSCo will offer its first public cruises on Memorial Day, Monday May 28th. From visiting Star Island to touring Portsmouth’s historic harbor, the Steamship Company is the main vessel to see the entire Seacoast...

To read the full story, visit the PortsmouthPatch and Seacoastonline.