Boston Harbor

By - 8/5/10 - 2:38 pm


The Boston Fire Department reports it's just signed a contract for a wicked fast new fireboat. The $4.2-million aluminum John S. Damrell (named after the fire department's chief engineer during the Great Fire of 1872) will be able to pump 12,000 gallons of water per minute - when it's not racing somewhere at speeds of up to 35 knots (40 m.p.h.).

The 69-foot Damrell is also designed to respond to biological, chemical and even radioactive attacks, according to the department. It's being built by Metalcraft Marine, Inc. of Kingston, Ont., and is expected in Boston Harbor in August, 2011.

About half the money for the boat comes from federal stimulus funds; the rest from the city. The Damrell will replace a boat in service since 1972.

By - 8/5/10 - 9:49 am

The Massachusetts Oyster Project reports on the differing conditions and growths on the oyster-filled crates they are putting in the harbor to try to restore the bivalves (and help clean up the harbor):

By - 8/3/10 - 7:54 pm

The Coast Guard reports a man was knocked into the harbor around 10 a.m. today by the boom on his sailboat off the Piers Park Sailing Center. The man's wife threw him a life preserver, but couldn't get him back on the boat. The crew on a passing Coast Guard boat noticed the situation, picked him up and put him back on the sailboat.

By - 7/28/10 - 11:56 pm

The Coast Guard reports it's conducting search operations off Castle Island following the discovery of a windsurf sail without a rider around 8:25 p.m.

By - 7/22/10 - 8:52 am

WBUR chums around with folks who are taking advantage of the clean waters.

By - 7/4/10 - 10:15 am

Command and control

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.