Boston Harbor

By - 2/25/15 - 8:21 am
Part of the Long Island bridge floats through Boston Harbor

Paul Nutting got to his office early this morning and got to see part of the Long Island bridge floating through Boston Harbor as crews work to take down the current span so it can be replaced one of these years.

Nick Cimetti got a closeup shot of the bridge segment under full steam:

By - 2/21/15 - 10:23 am
British ship leaves Boston Harbor in canal dug through ice

This print, from the BPL archives, shows a British steamer leaving Boston Harbor through ice, thanks to local merchants:

This print, representing the B & N. A Royal Mail steam ship Britannia, John Hewitt, commander, leaving her dock at East Boston on the 3d of February 1844 on her voyage to Liverpool, is respectfully dedicated by the publishers to the merchants of Boston who

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By - 2/18/15 - 4:46 pm
Boston Harbor

A concerned citizen in Charlestown who might possibly not realize that Boston Harbor drains into this giant ocean demands the city stop this snow dumping into the harbor forthwith:

Harbor almost flooding. Please stop allowing snow in harbor. I don't want our homes flooded.

The city marked the case closed as "noted."... Read more

By - 2/13/15 - 4:03 pm
Ferry and icebreaker

Photo by MBTA.

In Karhide, on the planet Gethen, ferry voyages always include an icebreaker sent ahead.

In Hingham harbor, as well.

By - 2/12/15 - 4:34 pm

NorthEndWaterfront.com has photos of the resurrection of Capt. Bob, a boat that slipped into the briny deep next to Union Wharf on Monday.

By - 2/10/15 - 8:23 pm
Boy being rescued from Fort Point Channel

Man pulls boy out of the frigid water.

A passerby who heard the screams of boys playing behind the Intercontinental Hotel rushed down a dock to rescue their playmate, who had fallen into the frigid waters of Fort Point Channel this afternoon.

Tez Garcia, who was nearby taking pictures of the frozen harbor at the time, forwarded photos of the dramatic rescue, which happened around 3:30 p.m.

The kids, who had been playing... Read more

By - 2/10/15 - 10:23 am
Snow farm on the South Boston waterfront

Several days of running rented snow melters nearly nonstop at the city snow farm in the Marine Industrial Park have helped chop down the snow mountains to size, Conventures reports.

Across the harbor, roving UHub photographer Chris Dagdigian watched a couple of the beasts at work outside Terminal C (the white streaks are reflections of lights in the terminal, not incoming laser beams):

By - 2/6/15 - 11:31 pm

Paul Levy, the first director of the MWRA, writes it's pretty silly to let Boston dump snow into a snow farm right on the water but not let it just push the snow into the harbor - when it's going to melt into the water anyway.

Forcing the city to create snow mountains only means wasting time that could be better spent getting... Read more

By - 1/21/15 - 5:09 pm

Boston 2024 released major portions of its bid document today. Boston Magazine has the details and bird's-eye views (including a planned beach-volleyball stadium and related structures that would take up much of the Common). One interesting bit, noticed by Ari Ofsevit, would turn Long Island into the shooting venue.

The bridge serving the island will be restricted for Olympic use only during the

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By - 1/5/15 - 10:37 am
Coast Guard patrols Boston Harbor near the federal courthouse

John Costello photographed the Coast Guard patrol outside the Moakley Courthouse today as jury selection begins for the surviving Tsarnaev brother. He faces 30 counts that could mean the death penalty.

By - 1/5/15 - 8:38 am

Walsh Construction Co. of Chicago today begins a four-month contract to tear down the condemned Long Island bridge. The city shut the bridge in October as unsafe.

Even as Walsh starts its $20.5-million demo, the city has still to figure out how to replace the homeless and substance-abuse treatment programs that were based on the island. The Boston Public Health Commission holds... Read more

By - 12/10/14 - 6:59 pm
Converse building with fireworks

Converse lit up the sign atop its new headquarters at Lovejoy Wharf at 5 p.m. today with a fireworks display set to "Enter the Sandman" by Metallica.

By - 11/27/14 - 12:43 pm

The North End Regional Review shows us the proposed replacement for the old bridge between the North End and Charlestown. The city hopes to begin replacement in 2016.

By - 11/25/14 - 11:21 am

UPDATE, 11:42 a.m. Cab is out of the sand. Nothing found leaking into the water.

The truck slipped off tracks onto the bard around 11 a.m. and its cab's tires wound up in sand by the island's dock.

According to the mayor's office:

Earlier today, a truck on Long Island partially slipped off of a plank while in the process of being loaded onto

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By - 11/19/14 - 7:33 am

The Massachusetts Oyster Project reports a growing number of local restaurants are saving their shucked shells so that they can be used to start new oyster beds in the harbor and nearby estuaries.

The shells provide the calcium young oysters need to grow as part of the Project's efforts to use oysters as natural filters to keep the harbor clean - not... Read more

By - 11/18/14 - 7:45 am

Italian in Boston wonders what the deal is with these floating huts in Boston Harbor.

By - 11/12/14 - 3:08 pm
Coast Guard cutter in the fog off Castle Island

Eileen Murphy watched a Coast Guard cutter just off Castle Island this morning.

By - 10/25/14 - 1:47 pm
Giant ship in Boston Harbor

Adam Castiglioni watched this Leviathan move out of the harbor and wondered what it could possibly be carrying.

Cambridge Cyclist points us to this page, where we learn it's the Bess, outbound to Zeebrugge, Belgium, carrying vehicles.... Read more

By - 10/16/14 - 10:47 am
Reflections on Boston Harbor at Christopher Columbus Park

Mucka Finyardi looked across the water and Christopher Columbus Park at Long Wharf the other night.

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