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.... Read more
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:
... [C]onceptually, it's interesting to imagine Boston as being an "Island City," with a heritage that overlaps with others like Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, and New York City. Would we build the... Read more
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... Read more
Boston Police are investigating how the woman's body came to be in Boston Harbor at Fort Point Channel around 5:30 this morning.
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... Read more
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... Read more
Yemeni tanker plied the harbor this morning while you slept.
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.
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.
In a lawsuit filed in US District Court, the foundation accused the Boston Water and Sewer... Read more
Adam Balsam says Tom Menino and Sal LaMattina should stop their posturing, listen to the Coast Guard and admit giant LNG tankers are safe.
Matt Conti, who lives in the North End, acknowledges the risk of a neighborhood-consuming fireball is low, but notes all the precautions the Coast Guard takes and says Boston shouldn't have to be the only city in the US... Read more
Over the objections of city officials, who don't want the risk of ships from a terrorist haven, the Globe reports.
The Aurora, which normally makes the run between Hingham and Rowes Wharf, had to make an emergency stop at Spectacle Island when its engine caught fire around 11 a.m., according to reports from the Coast Guard and the Boston Fire Department.
No passengers were aboard at the time and the ship's crew put out the fire with an on-board CO2 fire-extinguishing system, the... Read more