Category Archives: Boston Harbor Day Boat Trips

The Ruins of Misery Island

The large Island called Misery lying at the top of Salem Sound was once a popular summer resort- it once even had a casino on its premises. Its decline as a resort was caused in large part by a massive … Continue reading

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Langlee Island and the Inner Hingham Harbor

At the far Southeastern end of the greater Boston Harbor lie the islands of Hingham Harbor. There are four rocky outcrops in this sheltered bay once known as Bare Cove to early English settlers: Langlee Island, Sarah Island, Ragged Island … Continue reading

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Summer Views of Peddocks Island

Last week, I returned to Peddocks Island for the first time in over a year. It was a bright blue sky day. The island was very ho, and the grass and brush of the island’s long, low-lying center was very … Continue reading

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The Spit at the North River’s Mouth

The North River winds its way eight miles through Plymouth County from the hills of Pembroke at its origin to its Mouth at Scituate, where it empties into Massachusetts Bay. Near this mouth lies a large sand spit and a … Continue reading

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The Urban Wilderness of Thompson Island

The view of Boston from Thompson Island, across a small span of Dorchester Bay: Thompson Island is one of the closest and most accessible of the harbor islands. Located just across Dorchester Bay from the city of Boston, the island … Continue reading

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Forests and Quarries: Grape Island and Slate Island

The most noticeable characteristic of Grape Island may be its close proximity to the mainland of Hingham and Weymouth. Located just outside of the Weymouth Back River’s Mouth, the island may be literally a stone’s throw away from Weymouth Neck’s … Continue reading

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The Harbor’s Far Northeastern Edge: Calf Island, Little Calf and Green Island

At the Northeastern most edge of the outer Boston Harbor lies Calf Island, with the rocky outcrops of Little Calf Island and Green Island just to the North. Free from development, and highly exposed to the open ocean, these places … Continue reading

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Highlights of exploring the North Shore by boat

Pictured below, the schooner Thomas E. Lannon on a summer afternoon, as she passes Eastern Point Light at the entrance to Gloucester Harbor: The “North Shore” of Massachusetts Bay is rocky, rough and uneven, but provides some stunning views and … Continue reading

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Scenes from the Boston Harbor Island Sailing Regatta

The Boston Harbor Islands regatta was held today. What a perfect day for it (although it could have been a bit more windy). Here are some photos, including this one taken from out by Nix’s Mate: More sailboats than I … Continue reading

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Gallops Island: The Central Island

Closed to the public for health concerns relating to the presence of asbestos, Gallops Island continually remains a question mark in the minds of Boston Harbor visitors. Due to its central location, one cannot help but cruise by and see … Continue reading

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