Appledore Trip Leader

The Shoals Marine Laboratory on Appledore offers each conference the opportunity to tour the island, including Celia Thaxter’s garden, and the Shoals Marine Lab itself. The R/V Kingsbury comes over to Star Island, picks up passengers, brings them to Appledore, and then waits to transport them back to Star. An optional side trip passes by uninhabited Duck Island, where visitors can usually see seals on the rocks and in the water.

        The conference chairs inform the Shoals Marine Lab that they would like to offer the trip to Appledore.

        The trip leader makes announcements a few days prior to the trip and asks interested people to sign up at the writing desk in the lobby. The trip requires a minimum of 20 passengers, including children, and a maximum of 43 passengers. The charge will be determined on-island.

        People should wear good walking shoes, bring a sweater for the boat, and be aware that there is poison ivy all over Appledore, if you stray from the paths.

        Remind the Island Historian of the date and time for the trip.

        If fewer than 20 people sign up, notify at the Shoals Marine Lab to cancel the trip: 607/255-3851 

        Make two copies of the passenger list. Take one with you and leave one with the conference chairs.

        Collect the fee before hand. This money is given to the treasurer, who will in turn write a check for you to give to the boat captain.

        Gather the passengers at the dock 15 minutes before departure time.

        While on Appledore, keep people mindful of the time they need to return to the Kingsbury.

        Make sure everyone boards the R/V Kingsbury both going to Appledore and returning to Star. Return with everyone you took!


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