What are the Isles of Shoals?

The Isles of Shoals are a group of nine islands ten miles out of Portsmouth Harbor, with a four hundred year history of inhabitation.

When and where are ISHRA meetings? How do I become a member?

Meetings are held at 7 P.M. on the 2nd Tuesday of April and November at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH. Meetings include an informative and entertaining program related to the Isles of Shoals on topics ranging from archaeological research to winter caretaking on the Shoals. For more information on membership, please follow the link to the left.

How do I get there?

See “Visiting the Shoals” section.

Are any of Celia Thaxters’ books still in print? Where can I find them? 

Many are still available, see “Shoals Bibliography” section for more information.

Were the Shoals ever famous?

In the 1600s the Shoals set the world market price for dried cod. Two centuries later, the Shoals were a renowned resort era. They currently host conferences and marine education.

Who has the largest collection of shoals material?

The Portsmouth Athenaeum and Harvard University currently house the bulk of Shoals materials. See the “Shoals Resources” section for Shoals Archives.