Boston Harbor

By - 7/3/10 - 11:05 am

Going downGoing down: Passengers being taken off the Massachusetts. More photos, video from the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard reports the Massachusetts "ran hard aground" around 10 a.m. at the President Roads South Channel off Deer Island - apparently on a rock known as Devil's Back.

The 168 passengers and six crew members were taken off the boat by another boat and brought to Pemberton Pier in Hull. The Coast Guard says one person suffered an unspecified back injury during the incident, which blocked one of the channels into the harbor.

Map showing Presidents Roads and the South Channel (larger version of this USGS map). Colors represent water depth; the closer to orange, the shallower the water. Via William Ricker:

South Channel

By - 7/1/10 - 8:55 am

WBUR takes a look at how different the islands are today.

By - 6/30/10 - 9:18 am

USS Hawes

Brian Smith photographed the USS Hawes rounding Castle Island as it steamed through Boston Harbor this morning to participate in Navy Week. There was also a boat shooting water in front of the Hawes.

By - 6/10/10 - 11:31 am

Bob took some video of the large stripers in the water between Long Wharf and the Aquarium - and how they beat a frustrated duck to the hunks of bread he threw to them:

By - 6/6/10 - 10:35 am

Wall cloud

Ryan Quatrale was at Castle Island on Thursday when he captured a shelf cloud moving over Dorchester Bay and Pleasure Bay (click for the full size).

By - 6/6/10 - 10:31 am

The Boston Fire Department reports divers got him up from 24 feet of water at the bottom of the harbor near Tavern on the Water shortly after 1 a.m. today. The department reports a group of friends noticed one of their friends was missing. Then somebody heard a splash. The Boston Police Department reports he was pronounced dead at 2:43 a.m. at Mass. General. The homicide unit is currently investigating.

By - 5/28/10 - 10:17 pm

Eric Papetti takes a trip out to the Harbor islands and wonders what if, instead of being turned into a park, the islands had become far more developed than they ever were:

By - 5/28/10 - 12:16 am

State Police and Quincy rescue crews found a missing kayaker and fished him out of the water late Thursday off Thompson Island and he's OK, Bill Sheerin tweets.

By - 5/22/10 - 7:01 pm

The Coast Guard reports one of its boats had to tow a Super Duck boat with 33 people onboard to shore after its steering failed around 11:45 a.m. today near Little Mystic River Channel. The Coast Guard reports nobody was hurt and the bus/boat thing won't be allowed back into the water until it passes another inspection - like the one it passed on March 11.

By - 5/17/10 - 8:09 am

Fabulously Out There surveys the public installations at the shipyard, featuring giant fish, mermaids and other objets de mer.

More on the Outdoor Sculpture Gallery in the Boston Harbor Shipyard.

By - 4/26/10 - 9:26 pm

Fireworks: Jon Day shot them from Piers Park in East Boston.Fireworks: Jon Day shot them from Piers Park in East Boston. More.

Those were "mini-fireworks" over the harbor, paid for by Liberty Mutual, and audible as far away as Newton, Norwood and Milton.

Hat tip to Jenn Martinelli for answering the question that lit up the local Twit-o-sphere like a switchboard back in the days when you could light up a switchboard.

Photo copyright Jon Day. Tagged as universalhub on Flickr.

By - 4/15/10 - 9:50 am

Boston Police are investigating how the woman's body came to be in Boston Harbor at Fort Point Channel around 5:30 this morning.

By - 4/12/10 - 10:30 pm


David Parsons photographed Dry Dock 1 at the Charlestown Navy Yard.

Copyright David Parsons. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 4/5/10 - 11:38 am

The Boston Fire Department reports crews rescued an elderly man reported by the Lewis Wharf seawall in Boston Harbor shortly before 7 a.m.

The firefighters reached the man, put a safety belt around him and secured him to the ladder. Rescue 1 then lowered rope down the ladder.

The department says his wheelchair was found nearby. No word on how he wound up in the water. He was taken to Mass. General for evaluation, as was one firefighter who cut his leg during the rescue.

By - 3/17/10 - 1:00 am

Laura Scannell watched a raging stream at the Arnold Arboretum yesterday. Later, David Schachner took in the view from East Boston. Look at that sky.

Copyright Laura Scannell and David Schachner, respectively. Both posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 3/13/10 - 7:45 am

I took a trip out to one of the Boston Harbor Islands one day last summer. It was a bit overcast, and few were there that day. Walking down along the beach, there was no one around, and there were no boats in the water in view. I heard a tinkling sound, like glass chimes. It continued, and I could see no building with chimes or boat or person that could be making the sound.....That day, I was also feeling a strong connection to my dad, who was born in East Boston back in 1905. I imagined him as a boy down at the East Boston waterfront throwing bottles into the water..... Then all of a sudden I realized where the sounds were coming from.

By - 2/21/10 - 3:48 pm

The Phoenix gives us a tour of Long Island.

By - 2/21/10 - 1:52 pm

Matt Conti reports the Conservation Commission recently voted to allow some maintenance work at Constellation Wharf in the Charlestown Navy Yard only on the condition that owners remove a gate that was preventing public access to viewing areas along its pier.

By - 2/13/10 - 10:43 am

The Conservation Law Foundation yesterday formally accused the city of failing to stop high levels of bacteria, oil and dissolved metals and chemicals pour into Boston Harbor through its 201 "outfall" pipes that collect road runoff from nearly 20,000 catch basins - and from the neighboring town of Brookline.