Category Archives: Boston Harbor Navigation

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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Mystic River Bridge

A view of the Mystic River Bridge from East Boston on a cool rainy spring day:

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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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Nut Island: Quincy Bay’s Windswept Eastern Point

Across West Gut from Peddocks Island lies Nut Island, which extends into Quincy Bay. West Gut is a body of water not narrow enough to typically cause a significant torrent as tides ebb and flow. But when a southwest wind … 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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Green Harbor in the Winter

Marshfield’s Green Harbor is a year-round working harbor. It provides some of the best access from the Mainland (i.e. non-Cape) to Cape Cod Bay and Stellwagen Bank. This makes it an ideal spot for fishermen to access these waters year … 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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Picture of the week: Thompson Island city view

The Boston skyline as seen from Thompson Island: Saturday afternoon was exceptionally calm: The lack of wind made Dorchester Bay look as flat as a pond. The low tide exposed the sandbar to Thompson island, where I was able to … Continue reading

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Picture of the Week: November Full Moon

November’s full moon last week: As seen at dusk, from high at the top of Whitney Woods in Cohasset, overlooking Massachusetts Bay.

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