Coming And Going

This information will be different for 2021. We will update conference leaders when we know more.

Boat schedules, directions to the dock, and parking and luggage information can all be found on the Boats and Parking web page.


Conference Freight and Social Hour Supplies

Conference staff with special freight needs must make arrangements for such freight through Star Island Logistics ( to ensure freight will get to the island.

The following weekly boat runs are available for transporting conference freight and social hour supplies:

Friday:  M/V HURRICANE 8:00AM, 12:30PM, OR M/V UTOPIA 5:00PM

Saturday: 1:30PM (Conference Luggage Boat)

Please arrive at the dock for loading supplies at least 15 minutes prior to these times.

Transporting conference freight on Fridays is best for the island, but freight may also be transported on the Saturday conference luggage boat (1:30PM).

For conferences with a 2:25 ferry departure, freight and social hour supplies should be brought to the dock in Portsmouth between 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on the day your conference begins to go out on the Star Island’s work boat. If your conference ferry departs Portsmouth for Star Island at a time other than 2:25 p.m., or if you’d like to have your supplies sent out the day before, please contact SIC Logistics about when your social hour supplies should be at the dock. The supplies will be brought out to the island and stored in a secure location. Please label all boxes: “Social Hour Supplies, [your conference]”. To confirm, and for any questions about transportation of these supplies, contact SIC Logistics at

Arriving at the Dock on the First Day of the Conference

Conference leaders are encouraged to help with check-in and parking at the dock. If you are available to help, please email SIC Logistics (

Conferees from all conferences should be instructed to treat the ferry time as they would a flight, planning to be at the dock 1 ½ hours in advance of the scheduled departure time.

Main season conferences with Saturday arrivals should follow the following schedule:

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Arrive at the Steamship Company dock to park, unload luggage, and check-in.

2:00 p.m. Be prepared to board the Thomas Laighton.

Because the Steamship Company dock is conveniently located in downtown Portsmouth, conferees can explore the town and grab lunch at a local eatery after check-in, so long as they return to the dock by 2:00 p.m. sharp to begin boarding. Conferees arriving after 1:00 p.m. run the risk of not having their checked luggage delivered to the island until Monday afternoon of the conference and, possibly, missing the ferry altogether.

Questions about boat schedules can be directed to


The parking fee for the dock in Portsmouth is $15 per vehicle per night. The parking fee at Rye Harbor is $10 per vehicle per night.

It is important that “friendly greetings” occur after the unloading and parking of automobiles. Vehicles must be removed immediately upon return to Portsmouth otherwise risking being “blocked in” by others parking for future conferences.

Conferee vehicles must be parked in the designated Steamship Company parking area, as directed by the parking attendant. Star Island Corporation, Isles of Shoals Steamship Company and the Pease Development Authority, Division of Ports and Harbors, assume no responsibility for cars parked in the parking lot. While we have made some accommodation for special needs parking, it will be relatively limited (10-15 spaces) and may require moving cars as conferees leave at different times.

Conferees arriving in Portsmouth on a day other than the conference start date, must check in with the Steamship Company parking attendant to receive instructions about where to park. Please be advised that they may be required to park in the municipal garage on Hanover St., a couple of blocks from the dock. We do not offer parking to Conferees scheduled to depart on a day other than the standard conference departure day. This is to avoid having cars trapped in block parking.

Conferees parking at Rye Harbor should notify the parking attendant of expected departure date. Payment for parking is made in Rye – ask the parking attendant for details.


Leaving the Island – Where to place luggage

Bags leaving the island are subject to the same classifications and weight.

  • Checked bags: For main season conferences, bags must be placed in the hallway just outside your room by the designated time (7:00 a.m. for conferences with Saturday departures). For September, bags should be placed in the nearest drop of location by the designated time.
  • Carry-on bags must be kept with you or placed on the front porch.
  • Want/Need help? Our Pelicans are more than willing to help. Anybody who would like or needs assistance moving their luggage should notify the Front Desk.

Room Checkout

Rooms must be vacated by the scheduled check out time (before breakfast for main season conferences departing on Saturday), regardless of conferee departure time, our staff needs to begin changeover for the next conference. If conferees would like to help our Pelican chamber crew, they may strip the sheets.

Breakfast on the last day of the conference

For main season conferences departing on Saturday, breakfast begins at 7:15 a.m.

Boarding the conference ferry

All conferees must leave on the scheduled conference ferry. This prevents conferees with vehicles from being blocked in back in Portsmouth. Boarding generally commences 20-30 minutes before the published departure time and boarding announcements will be made by island staff over the PA system.

Disembarking in Portsmouth

After everything has been unloaded and moved to the parking lot, you may collect your checked bags. For safety and logistical reasons, do not attempt to claim your luggage until everything has been unloaded. Please discourage conferees from lingering in the parking lot, as this creates a backlog and potentially unsafe situation as new passengers come into the lot for the next ferry.

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