Mike Dash introduces us to the strange story of James McClintock, a Confederate engineer who built the H.L. Hunley, a submarine that sank the Union ship Housatonic in 1864, and who later showed up in Boston to work with a con man on recruiting investors for a new type of naval mine. McClintock disappeared after an explosion in Boston Harbor in 1879. But did...Read more
At the Charlestown Navy Yard shortly before 7 p.m., Brian Q. tried to see downtown through all the fog.
A number of other folks also watched the fog as it rolled in from the ocean and across Boston Harbor and downtown, no doubt caused by the combination of rapidly rising temperatures after the storm had passed.
Brian D'Amico watched commemorations on Boylston Street, including a changing of the guard at a marker for one of the two explosion sites.
Meanwhile, Tom Reiner watched and listened to ships in the harbor sound their horns after the afternoon's moment of silence.
Photos copyright Brian D'Amico and Tom Reiner, respectively....Read more
The Globe reports the city is looking to ramp up the waterfront from the North End to Fort Point Channel with better pedestrian paths, restaurants, art, new docks and more water taxi stops - and a repaired Northern Avenue Bridge re-opened to cars.
UPDATE: Pfaltzgraff will be a landlubber for at least the next three weeks - Boston Municipal Court Judge Thomas Horgan imposed $5,000 bail and ordered a three-week evaluation at Bridgewater State Hospital, the DA's office says. This comes following an 18-month term in a county jail for a similar incident in 2010.
A couple returned to their boat, moored off Commercial Street early yesterday...Read more
The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood advisory for tomorrow, starting at 6 a.m.:
MINOR TO MODERATE COASTAL FLOODING IS EXPECTED DURING THE WEDNESDAY MORNING HIGH TIDE CYCLE ACROSS MANY NORTH AND EAST FACING COASTLINES FROM BOSTON TO NANTUCKET
Boston firefighters responded to the Constitution Marina next to the North Washington Street bridge around 10 p.m. for a boat on fire.
By 10:20 p.m., the 24-foot-long craft was fully engulfed in flames and firefighters were ordered off its pier. The fire was declared knocked down around 10:40, the boat now roughly three-quarters submerged in the harbor.
Firefighters were hampered by the boat's location at...Read more
The group restoring the Nantucket Lightship says it doubts it will let Harbor Arts string a "sail" between the ship's towers that could be set to broadcast illuminated displays of art across the harbor, and really wishes the whole idea had never been made public to begin with.
In e-mail today, the U.S. Lightship Museum says:
Although Harbor Arts has approached us for...Read more
Our own Swirlygrrl shows us the ice that's built up on Fort Point Channel in the current cold wave.Read more
The BRA yesterday approved a non-profit group's plans to replace two abandoned buildings between Border and Liverpool streets with 56 apartments and 15 townhouses.
The Neighborhood of Affordable Housing says its Coppersmith Village project will include a mix of affordable and market-rate units - and will include a number of three-bedroom apartments aimed at families. All of the townhouses, which will be sold, rather...Read more
NorthendWaterfront.com posts photos of flooding along the waterfront today, including Long Wharf (above) and Columbus Park.
The sea level rise from Boston Harbor appeared worse than that seen during Hurricane Sandy in 2012 despite significantly less wave action. For example, todayâ€™s high tide showed a record level of water intrusion on the harborwalk at Christopher Columbus Park. Sea level rise and Bostonâ€™s rising tides...Read more
Firefighters, the Massport harbor unit and a Coast Guard boat are at Constitution Beach in East Boston, looking to see if there's a person associated with the car now in the water there. Nobody was in the vehicle itself.
UPDATE, 10:55 p.m.: Nobody found in search of area around vehicle; tow truck to pull it out of the water.Read more
NorthEndWaterfront.com posts a copy of a Suffolk Superior Court judge's ruling that a group of North End residents can continue their legal action against the BRA's proposal to turn the shelter at the end of Long Wharf into a restaurant.
The ruling requires state regulators - who had already approved the project - to consider new evidence that the National Park Service considers...Read more