Editor's note: Blount Small Ship Adventures has ceased operations and is no longer in business.
Blount Small Ship Adventures was founded 50 years ago by Luther Blount, a New England entrepreneur who saw the market for small, shallow-draft cruise ships. He created ships just the right size to navigate into bays, rivers, and canals along North America’s coastline, the Intracoastal Waterway, the St. Lawrence River, and deep into the five Great Lakes. Blount's three daughters now run the cruise line and shipyard, which is still based in Warren, Rhode Island. Carrying only 88 passengers each, the line's Grande Caribe and Grande Mariner provide basic accommodations at a lower price point than the other U.S. flag competition.