The Alden Story




Arthur E. Martin, Naval Architect 


Arthur Martin was a down-east yankee who designed the most popular recreational rowing shell in the world, the Alden Ocean Shell. Trained as a naval architect, Arthur spent World War II working in the central technical department of Bethlehem Steel Corp., and eventually ended up in Kittery Point Maine where he owned and operated Martin Marine Company, later called Alden Rowing,  with his wife Marjorie until his death in 1990. 















Gary Piantedosi, General Manager

Gary Piantedosi’s personal rowing career began at MIT, where he was also trained as a mechanical engineer.  His crews won silver medals at the 1973, ’74 and ’75 Eastern Sprints and IRAs.  He was a spare for the US World Champion Eight in 1974, rowed the Straight Pair in the 1975 PanAm Games and the Straight Four in the 1976 Olympics.  Today, Gary is an avid Masters sweep rower and an open ocean racer who enjoys competing wherever there are waves.  As an Olympian, Gary brings proven experience in the competitive rowing world and as an MIT-trained engineer, his technical prowess has been well-honed.


For more than thirty years, Gary Piantedosi has been designing and manufacturing equipment for the rowing world., a division of Alden, was founded by Gary. Gary is now the General Manager of Alden Rowing.






Gary Piantedosi, Alden Rowing Shells GM Interview

SURF SCULL from Alden

 SURF SCULL Installation Video