Blount Small Ship Adventures has ceased doing business and will sell its three cruise ships.

The line’s website says that it hopes to resume sailing in 2021, but according to several publications, including maritime industry magazine WorkBoat, the Blount family will sell its ships and focus on its shipbuilding business.

“It was really just the requirement that all the cruise lines had to shut down for Covid, and at this point we decided not to start again,” Marcia Blount, president of the Warren, R.I.-based company told WorkBoat.

Blount Small Ship Adventures was founded in 1966 by Luther Blount as the American Canadian Line, headquartered in Warren. Heidi Sarna, founder of the small-ship cruise guide Quirky Cruise, said Blount was largely responsible for the rebirth of U.S.-flag coastal and inland voyages. His three daughters run the cruise line and shipyard that builds small cruise vessels and excursion boats.

The line has always operated American-flagged ships carrying less than 100 passengers on coastal and inland waters itineraries. In recent years, its itineraries included New England and its historical islands; the Hudson River and Erie Canal sailings to the St. Lawrence River and French Canada; the Great Lakes; the East Coast Intracoastal Waterway to the Carolinas and Florida; and Belize and Guatemala in December and January.

In her 2018 report for Travel Weekly from a Blount sailing, Sarna said: “The crew is mostly all-American, and captains are Blount veterans and know their waters. Cabins are tiny, and the social life among mostly senior Americans and Canadians is relaxed and upbeat. It’s destination cruising with few of the frills that characterize the mainstream ships. Most passengers like it that way, that is once they get used to the small quarters.”

According to WorkBoat, Blount’s three ships are for sale: the 98-passenger Grande Mariner is listed for $6 million, the 100-passenger sister ship Grande Caribe for $5.6 million, and the 76-passenger Niagara Prince for $2 million, all built by Blount in the 1990s.

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