News : Steamship Company Plies Portsmouth Waters Leaving No Waste in Wake

Aug 12, 2013

From the Exeter Patch and Portsmouth Patch and Seacoast Online

By Heikki Perry

A longtime commercial mainstay of the Portsmouth seafaring scene has doubled-down on sustainability, further burnishing its already considerable green reputation while also cutting its waste stream by 70 percent.

The M/V Thomas Laighton is the cruise ship of the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company, an iconic Seacoast institution, plying area waters since 1962. Originally founded as Viking Cruises by Arnold Whittaker, the Steamship Company was recently sold to two new owners, Jeremy Bell and Jerod Blanchette, who came aboard in June.

The company offers a variety of tours to New Hampshire’s historic Isles of Shoals and throughout Portsmouth Harbor and the Greater Piscataqua Region, and is thoroughly committed to preserving the amazing history and heritage of the Seacoast.

Beyond those iconic tours, the company also charters the famous Thomas Laighton “party ship,” where during the summer hundreds pack the vessel to hear the best in local music — everything from rock cover bands to reggae to DJs — all while taking in the crisp evening air of summertime on the Seacoast. The company offers three or four “party cruises” a week this summer.

To read the full article on the Exeter Patch, click here!

To read the full article on the Portsmouth Patch, click here!

To read the full article on Seacoast Online, click here