Boston Harbor

By - 8/23/11 - 1:08 am

The Herald identifies the man found shot to death after a harbor cruise ship docked off Northern Avenue early yesterday as Robert McDaniel, 24.

McDaniel's brother, Joseph, was shot to death in 2003 in Framingham.

By - 8/22/11 - 8:29 am

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Boston Police report the man had been on a harbor cruise on the Viking Starliner and that a fight may have broken out on the ship. The victim, identified only as a man in his 20s, was shot on the dock after the ship had pulled in around 2:20 a.m., police say.

Channel 7 reports he was shot in the back of the head and that police are looking for a white SUV.

The shooting was almost three years to the day after another man was shot to death after getting off a harbor cruise ship by Pier 4. Police continue to look for Courtney Wilson's killer.

By - 8/16/11 - 10:39 am

The Atlantic Beer Garden found itself before the Boston Licensing Board this morning to explain why somebody jumped off its roof while holding a fake Stanley Cup on June 18.

It faces an additional hearing for another incident within the past month in which another man eating dinner on a waterside deck decided to take a swim as well.

Man prepared by jumping into harbor from Pier 4 first.

Restaurant attorney Jeremiah Sullivan said the Bruins jump was not something the restaurant could have anticipated and that in response, the restaurant has installed a fence and is meeting with local police to try to keep people from scaling to the top of the restaurant's roof again. The topmost part of the restaurant is not public and already had a fence.

"How did a man with a fake Stanley Cup get over that without being noticed by anyone?" board Chairwoman Nicole Murati Ferrer asked. Restaurant manager Joseph Primo said nobody noticed the guy climbing up there because it was a very busy night.

Police Sgt. Robert Mulvey said the Bruins jumper attracted quite the crowd. "The crowd was very agitated and excited about what had happened and encouraged him to do it again."

Primo acknowledge he did not call police. He said that in hindsight, he should have, but the jumper left quickly and there appeared to be no safety issues once he left.

The board decides Thursday what action, if any, to take related to the Bruins incident.

By - 8/14/11 - 11:19 am

Mike Ball reports on the annual Fort Warren encampment by 54th Massachusetts re-enactors yesterday. With photos.

By - 8/2/11 - 10:09 am

Nantucket light ship

Historygradguy gets a closeup of the Nantucket light ship, now berthed in East Boston.

Copyright Historygradguy. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 7/26/11 - 8:28 pm

A perplexed visitor inquires:

About 15 or so years ago, I was in Boston, maybe by the Aquarium, and noticed a statue in the harbor, kind of on the wall at the edge, of a sailor climbing out of the water. As the tide comes in, the body (statue) is covered and at high tide all you see is a hand reaching up. Do you have any idea what this, where this is, or if it even exists?

By - 7/16/11 - 7:14 pm

Scott Eisen, who was fishing nearby, reports the boat "disintegrated when hitting large wave at high speed."

The Coast Guard reports the boat flipped over, sending its occupants into the water:

One Good Samaritan jumped in from another vessel to assist and aided the injured boat operator until local responders arrived.

By - 7/15/11 - 12:51 am reports on a soused swimmer who evaded the dozen or so rescue craft that went in search of him when he jumped into Boston Harbor, then climbed out and ran away.

By - 7/9/11 - 10:15 am

Harbor sunset

Greg MacKay watched the sun go down over Boston Harbor and Logan Airport from Castle Island.

Copyright Greg MacKay. Tagged as universalhub on Flickr.

By - 7/3/11 - 11:52 am

Extreme sailing

It's weekends like this that remind you we're still very much a seaport. Above, a photo from Jeff Tamagini's collection of photos of Extreme Sailing. Below, Paul Keleher watched the BW Suez Everett LNG tanker churn through the harbor:

By - 6/29/11 - 5:49 pm

Nobody's taken responsibility for a jet-fuel spill last fall that ended a decades-long clamming tradition, the East Boston Times-Free Press reports.

By - 6/19/11 - 7:08 pm posts video of last night's Parade of Lights in Boston Harbor.

By - 6/13/11 - 6:05 pm reports a Suffolk Superior Court judge has overturned the state's permit for turning the shelter at the end of Long Wharf into a seafood restaurant.

By - 6/10/11 - 2:37 pm

Boston Police report a lobsterman helped rescue some boaters swamped by the onslaught of yesterday afternoon's driving thunderstorm.

According to police, waves whipped up by the storm capsized the boat around 5:45 p.m. at the Reserve Channel by the Conley Terminal, as it was on its way to India Wharf. The lobsterman, not identified by police, took on the soaked mariners while a Boston Police harbor-unit boat pulled the sodden boat to the nearest dock.

By - 6/10/11 - 7:00 am

Lightning hits the East Boston waterfront

David Chau was in the right place and time to capture a lightning bolt hitting the East Boston waterfront during yesterday afternoon's storm.

Closeup of lightning hitting the East Boston waterfront

More lightning over Boston.

By - 6/8/11 - 8:10 am

LNG tanker in Boston Harbor

I happened to be walking by Long Wharf yesterday when I looked out at the harbor and saw this huge ship heading toward the Tobin. LNG tanker! They're kind of amazing to see, so I started walking at a good pace down Long Wharf. It was moving faster than I was, so about two-thirds of the way down, I stopped and took a couple of photos. Then I got closer to the plaza at the end of the wharf and took a couple more, including this one.

See the police car? When I got to the waterfront, I'd just raised the camera to my face when the cop told me no pictures. He was nice about it, said something about orders from above, told me this wasn't even one of the big tankers, but, no, I didn't press the point, which is probably why I'm typing this at home, rather than from a bench at Boston Municipal Court (about a minute later, he told somebody else to put their camera down).

Yet, obviously, I was able to get pictures without being stopped, just a bit further up the wharf. As could have anybody else in the throngs of tourists enjoying a nice day on the water, some no doubt with way better zoom lenses on their cameras. Meanwhile, on my other side at the end of Long Wharf was a couple closely examining a map on their smartphone. Or were they secretly taking photos? No, probably she really was a local and he really was a visitor and they were just figuring out where to go next.

Obviously, security for giant containers of flammable gas is a good thing, and maybe it does make sense to station officers at every vantage point along the harbor. But is it just security theater when any yutz can just stand a few yards back and do whatever it was they were going to do at the water's edge?

By - 5/24/11 - 8:43 pm

The Boston Fire Department reports two BFD divers recovered a body from Fort Point Channel by the Congress Street bridge tonight. Boston Police report the body appears to be that of a male in his early 40s and that a preliminary investigation shows no visible signs of trauma.

By - 5/24/11 - 7:40 am


Greg MacKay captured the Mexican Navy's Cuauhtemoc at the World Trade Center. The training vessel is docked there through Thursday; tours are available.

By - 5/4/11 - 6:50 am

Water from below. Photo by BFD.Divers spray the fire from below. Photo by BFD. More photos.

Post updated at 12:30 p.m.

A stubborn wharf fire that erupted around 5 a.m. sent five firefighters to the hospital and did an estimated $3 million in damage to the two-story Sarrouf Law building at 95 Commercial Wharf, the Boston Fire Department reports.