Don't call Boston Harbor Tent Guy homeless

Associated Press catches up with Michael Richard Smith, the Maine man who's been living in a canoe and tent on Boston Harbor. He prefers to be called a "fellow citizen," rather than homeless.

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    He's set up camp on one part

    He's set up camp on one part of the floating dock next to the Aquarium (between NEAq and the Harbor Towers). He has the tent set up and a camp chair from which he is taking in the splendid harbor views. I didn't see any police / coast guard presence in his vicinity.

    Not sure who "owns" that dock - there is a gated entrance to the slips between NEAq and the Harbor towers - but the part he is on is only accessible from the water, as other pieces of it have been removed (presumably for the winter).

    Once the limelight fades, so will he

    The harbor views are splendid but when taking them in constantly, they lose their impact. As Thomas Paine said, "What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly. It is dearness that gives everything its value." My guess is that once the media moves on to its next quirky person story and the cold weather sets in, this guy will abandon ship, much like the majority of the Occupy crowd did. Perhaps a job/shower are in order?


    "Smith did accept a new life vest with reflectors and a whistle from police."

    I want a free life vest and whistle, dammit!

    I get that it's cheaper to give him a vest than to fish his drowning carcass out of the water and ambulance him to BMC. On the other hand, he's voluntarily chosen a life on the sea... inherently comes with some risks, right


    What parts would those be. The Chuck doesn't even freeze much anymore, but that's fresh water.

    Salt water + gulf stream = freezing is rare.

    Very rare

    So rare, in fact, that the only article on Boston Harbor freezing over that I could find was from 1904, and it was remarking on how it was the first time since 1855.

    Considering that 1855 was during the multi-century cold snap, ice in Boston Harbor's salty waters is pretty uncommon, generally.

    I can only think of a couple of times in my 28 years here that any ice anywhere has been an issue for more than a day. Fore River ferries, maybe, but only rarely.

    Not true

    back in the 60's I remember walking on ice from Southie's Carson Beach over to Columbia Point. A friend walked from Kelly's Landing over to Thompson's Island. Considering it was frozen saltwater, it wasn't thin ice by any means.