The light source may have changed over the years, but the Coast Guard reports that the Fresnel lens that has let mariners know they're nearing Boston Harbor is the same one that was first used on Dec. 21, 1859:
J.L. Bell tallies up just how much tea was dumped into the Harbor on Dec. 16, 1773 - and answers the question of just how large a chest of tea was.
The Theodore Too normally plies the harbor of Halifax, but came down to Boston this weekend to help do, um, something related to the annual delivery of the Christmas tree Nova Scotia gives us as thanks for our help after a disastrous ship explosion in Halifax during World War I.
When we got to the World Trade Center around 3:30, it was kind of odd: Theodore sat there grinning despite the fact there was absolutely nobody in the strange city to keep him company - we'd thought he'd be open for a tour then. Oh, well. The kidlet really wanted to see him and we did - and we got to marvel at the SimCity nature of the South Boston waterfront ("I can see all the blue squares," she said - think she plays enough SimCity?)
Local 718 reports a barge fire in Boston Harbor out past Castle Island. Both Massport and Boston firefighters responded to the fire, which crews on one of the two tugs pushing the barge were able to extinguish.
The Boston Business Journal reports on a preliminary ruling by the FAA that proposed 40- and 59-story towers on what is now the aquarium parking garage are way too tall too close to Logan. Developer Don Chiofaro basically said "meh" and that the ruling just means closer scrutiny of the project.
Wicked Winthrop reports the town's gotten a $950,000 federal stimulus grant to start ferry service to and from Rowe's Wharf.
The BRA is leading efforts to win federal stimulus money for a proposed $84-million revamp of the antiquated Marine Industrial Park (which includes the Black Falcon Pier), by among other things, adding facilities for handling larger cruise ships and restoring freight rail service back to the waterfront.
If you hear loud booms from Boston Harbor, it's a cannon salute for the USS Constitution, Boston Police reassure.
The T reports the turnaround of Old Ironsides is causing 30-minute delays on the Charlestown ferry.
... Not to get all New York on you, but at the annual Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest, they down almost ten times that number of franks in the same amount of time. ...
Boston Police report a man using an inflatable boat to row out to his 18-foot dory to bail it out of rainwater Sunday evening fell out of the boat when it capsized. He couldn't get back in, so he started to swim back to shore. Police say the Harbor Patrol Unit found him in the Reserve Channel past the Peninsula Yacht Club, where Boston firefighters and EMTs were already trying to get him a lifeline. "He was released unharmed," police say.
The Coast Guard reports a State Police boat managed to get two people off a 20-foot recreational boat that began taking on water last night - by Joe's American Bar and Grill on Commercial Wharf.
The Coast Guard adds the boat began leaking diesel fuel as it went down and that crews are on scene to contain the spill and raise the boat. No word on whether a rogue iceberg was involved.
I was not the only crazy person walking around Castle Island today, although I was the only one not in a jacket (but at least I had the sense not to venture onto the fishing pier, onto which the occasional wave crashed). I watched boats jumping into waves and a fair number of seagulls and terns divebombing the choppy water (fish down there?). The planes heading to Logan swayed as the pilots fought the wind - and as their wings trailed streamers of mist.