Monthly Archives: December 2012

Aftermath of the latest storm

The most recent storm really gave the Massachusetts coast a pounding. More fishing equipment and lobster traps than usual had washed up on shore this morning, and the surf was quite large (5-6ft on the South Shore). This reminded me … Continue reading

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Off Course: The Erie Canal

The Erie Canal: Today, a corridor of rust and blight runs along the outline of this once prosperous waterway. The Erie Canal is a topic I took interest in after visiting Central New York over the holiday. While this is … Continue reading

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Last Boston Harbor Photo of the Week of 2012: Scituate Light

Happy Holidays from Boston Harbor Beacon!┬áHere is a photo of Scituate Light, all decorated for the holidays: This will likely be the last BHB photo of the week of 2012. This makes me look back on the last twelve months … Continue reading

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Last boat ride of 2012, on the winter solstice!

Today was December 21st, the shortest day of the year- also known as the Winter Solstice. Being the Friday before the week of Christmas, I realized that today would likely be my last boat trip of 2012. This was a … Continue reading

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An old chart of Baker’s Island and Salem Sound

Baker’s Island in Salem Sound, and its lighthouse. There is only one light house today, but up until the late 1920s there were actually two: The twin lights of Baker’s Island: After making a boat trip to the islands of … Continue reading

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The Central Artery: How Boston’s waterfront once looked

The Central Artery, the giant metallic green overpass that once wound its way through Boston’s busiest downtown streets, is now long gone. However, it defined the waterfront cityscape for a great many years, which is why I wanted to share … Continue reading

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Remember that giant crane at the Fore River Shipyard?

The Fore River Shipyard’s “Goliath” Crane, which once towered over the South Shore. It was deconstructed and shipped abroad during the summer of 2008: Any kid driving down route 3A would be as fascinated as I once was by this … Continue reading

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Boston Harbor picture of the week: Scituate Harbor in the winter

Scituate Harbor on a calm winter day with the docks and boats gone, and just the lonely wharf pilings standing against a gray sky:

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The Winthrop ferry: Just about the strangest looking boat I have seen

The Winthrop ferry pulling into Rowes Wharf. It certainly is the “odd boat out”: The Winthrop ferry is just about the strangest looking boat I have ever seen….certainly the strangest in Boston Harbor. The ferry comes right into Rowes Wharf … Continue reading

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Boston Harbor’s Tug Boat Fleet

A tug boat pushing a barge in Boston’s inner harbor: I heard a lot about a tug boat that caught fire this week while in Nantasket Roads off Georges Island. I spoke with a witness who was near the scene … Continue reading

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