News : Introducing the New Isle of Shoals Steamship company

Jun 25, 2014

Published on SeacoastOnline

By Katie Seraikas
Green Alliance Writer

PORTSMOUTH – Had it not already developed a strong following in the Seacoast, and even beyond, the Portsmouth-harbor-staple the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company could pass as a new business in Portsmouth. From the company’s fresh, new logo, with its recognizable flagship the M/V Thomas Laighton, to the debut of a smaller passenger boat, the M/V Celia Thaxter, Isles of Shoals Steamship Company is gearing up for a summer that promises to be better than any other.

As a member of the Green Alliance, a union promoting over one hundred local, sustainable businesses, Isles of Shoals Steamship Company has raised the bar for the industry. They work to conserve energy in every avenue possible, from incorporating recycling into the operation and encouraging “telecommuting” of their employees during the winter months.

The catalysts behind such changes are the new owners, Captain Jeremy Bell and Captain Jerod Blanchette, who have been with the company since 1997. When the two began, they were both summer interns from Maine Maritime Academy. They haven’t missed a summer with ISSCo since.

“We’ve been there for a long time, so we definitely wanted to make change,” said Blanchette. “We saw it shrink over the last few years, now we’d like to expand it back up, maybe do some catering events, obviously get the second boat, kayak tours…a lot more.”

Their ideas for Isles of Shoals Steamship Company this summer, and beyond, are endless.

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