Category Archives: Boston Harbor History

Highland Light: Truro’s Outer Beacon

Highland Light sits on the highest dunes of North Truro on outer Cape Cod. It is appropriately named, as these dunes reach heights of over one hundred feet in some places. The lighthouse was built in 1797 in response to … Continue reading

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Picture of the Week: Hingham Bay on an early spring day

This was taken from Webb Park overlooking Hingham Bay on a blustery, cold March day.

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Historic place of the week: The James Blake House

The James Blake House is the oldest house standing in Boston today. This may come as a surprise to some, as popular notion holds the Paul Revere house to be the oldest house in Boston, which is incorrect, ad the … Continue reading

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Views from the Hancock Tower Observatory

Standing 790 feet tall over Boston, the Hancock Tower is Boston’s tallest building. Its old top floor observatory, closed more than a decade ago, was one of the best places to take in the view of the city and harbor … Continue reading

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Historical Place of the week: Chelsea Naval Hospital

Located on the banks of the Mystic River in Chelsea, Ma, the Chelsea Naval Hospital is a more obscure and lesser know part of Massachusetts maritime history. Opened in 1836 for the treatment of naval personnel, the expansive 88-acre property … Continue reading

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Ultonia Ledge, Thieves Ledge and the Dredging of Nantasket Roads

It was a warm summer day in the City of Boston, August 5th of 1899, when the Steam Ship Ultonia hit a ledge in Boston harbor, an event which likely spurred a major investment in Boston Harbor’s Shipping Channels.  The … 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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Storm Photos

The Nor’easter named “Hercules” hammered the Massachusetts coast last night and today. Here are a couple of views of this storm’s wrath from a couple of points south of Boston: Nice day for a swim perhaps? That ocean spray feels … Continue reading

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North Atlantic views from the air

Heading across the Atlantic Ocean is something that I have always found fascinating. Between the vast expanse of raging North Atlantic and the contours of the sub-arctic coastlines, there is a constant flow of good scenery below throughout the roughly … 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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