Boats and Parking

Conference Ferry Service

The Isles of Shoals Steamship Company (ISSCO) will provide transportation from their dock on Market Street in Portsmouth to Star Island for conference guests and other overnight visitors aboard the M/V Thomas Laighton. The Laighton is a 90-foot vessel, with three decks, two of which are fully enclosed and heated. It has many amenities, including a snack bar, several washrooms, comfortable deck chairs and is wheelchair-accessible.

If you are registered to attend a conference your boat reservations are already made. All you have to do is come to the boat dock in Portsmouth. Please arrive at the dock about an hour and a half before your boat is scheduled to depart. Because the dock is located in downtown Portsmouth, you will be able to explore the town and grab lunch at a local eatery after check-in, so long as you return to the dock 25 minutes before departure to begin boarding.

Directions To The Dock In Portsmouth

There is no charge for Conferees traveling on the Thomas Laighton.

If you have questions about the boat schedule, please contact the Island Registrar at

Daily Boats to and from Star Island

The Thomas Laighton makes trips between Portsmouth and Star a few days a week throughout the conference season Information about schedules, fares and parking are available at (603) 431-5500 or Round-trip boat fare aboard the Thomas Laighton is included in conference overnight guest rates (see Conference Overnight Guests).

The Uncle Oscar makes daily trips between Rye and Star throughout most of the conference season. For more information about schedules, fares and parking, call (603) 964-6446 or visit

Boat Schedule