Isles of Shoals Historic and Research Association: “The Isles of Shoals During Times of War”

September 10, 2021 to September 12, 2021

Times of war presented special challenges for those living on the Isles of Shoals. Because of its strategic location, the Isles of Shoals and nearby coastline were often fortified as a first line of defense. Join us as we explore the history of how the Isles of Shoals and surrounding areas coped during difficult times of war.


Carol White will be speaking about Fort Stark in New Castle and share stories of WWII soldiers and sailors on the Seacoast. Carol is a board member of the New Castle Historical Society and the Fort Constitution Historic Site Friends group, a docent for ISHRA (Isles of Shoals Historical and Research Association) and Co-Director of the Fort Stark Historic Site Visitor Center in New Castle.

Laurence Bussey will be speaking about the Army and Navy occupation of Appledore island during WWII, based upon logs and record books of the era.   Laury is former Chair of ISHRA, career naval officer and maritime historian.

Mark Lechner will be speaking about the early conflicts on the Isles of Shoals, including the attack on Fort Star on Star Island (current site of the summer house).  Mark is a board member of the Isles of Shoals Historical Research Association and manages the summer docent program.

Program Fee


Boat Times

Depart Portsmouth: September 10, 2:25 pm

Depart Star: September 12, 3:45 pm

Room and Board

ISHRA September Standard Shared Standard Single Motel Shared Motel Single
Adult 18+ $347 $462 $423 $599


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