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 he die?
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.
The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports it is still working to confirm the identify of the body removed from Boston Harbor yesterday - as well as awaiting an autopsy by the medical examiner.
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.
The article also mentions the possibility of a restaurant or two on Long Wharf - which sounds like the BRA isn't giving up its long fight with North End residents.
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.
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 the end of its pier, making it difficult for them to get a fire hose to the boat.
The Boston Fire Department estimates damage at $30,000.
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:
Our own Swirlygrrl shows us the ice that's built up on Fort Point Channel in the current cold wave.
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 than rented, will have three bedrooms.
Paul Nutting Jr. shows us the view out his office window this morning.
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 have also been recently reflected in the recently proposed FEMA flood maps.
Compare this Long Wharf photo to this photo, taken at the height of Sandy.
Italian in Boston watched the New Year's fireworks over Boston Harbor.
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.
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.
UPDATE: Forget about it, ship's owner says.
Boston Harbor Beacon notes the storm meant some 20-foot-high waves in the outer harbor:
Boston Light in the foreground, Graves Light in the distance. I took it at Fort Revere in Hull this morning.