About the Portsmouth Marine Society
Publishing books since 1982
In 1982, Joseph G. Sawtelle and Peter E. Randall gathered a group of local historians, researchers, and writers together and began the non-profit publishing house known as the Portsmouth Marine Society. The goal was to publish history connected to the Piscataqua River basin, in order to educate readers and preserve the region's heritage.
Since then, 32 titles have been published, 31 in cloth-bound volumes, and a select number have been reprinted in softcover when the cloth volumes were no longer available.
The Portsmouth Marine Society is a non-profit, educational publishing house established to develop maritime historical research in the Piscataqua River Basin of New Hampshire and Maine. Since 1982, Peter E. Randall Publisher has produced 31 of the Portsmouth Marine Society's books, each one illustrated and complete with index, references, and bibliography. The titles are researched and written by New England historians, many of whom are New Hampshire or Maine natives. Our writers are acknowledged leaders in their fields, and closely connected to their chosen subject matter.
In 2012 the Portsmouth Marine Society officially merged with and into the Portsmouth Historical Society, as its new publishing arm, which hosted the Maritime Portsmouth exhibit in 2011. Under the Isles of Shoals: Archaeology and Discovery on Smuttynose Island, is the first new exhibit-related publication under this new institutional structure.