It's pretty obvious where this photo was taken. The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you know when it was taken and what's going on.
Gone Horribly Wrong.
Boston city councilors were given a boat in 1972 in lieu of a pay raise
Founding was August 4, 1790.
John Foster Williams, a Bostonian, was the first head of the Coast Guard (then known as the US Revenue Cutter Service). The coast guard building on Northern Avenue next to the old bridge is named after him.
That's my guess.
Since that's what the Coast Guard does when not rescuing boaters in distress.
Maybe someone will ask the rigging company in the photo.
There was a Coast Guard Band concert on City Hall Plaza for Boston's 350th celebration in May 1980.
Its the Greenway making a most excellent boat in a bottle exhibition.
Just in case city hall plaza filled up with water if a hurricane arised
Because they're all a bunch of Seawards
Louise Day Hicks' ride home after she realized she couldn't walk on water...
Well, actually she is lying horizontal now.
In a dispute over the size (and hence the excise tax amount) of his boat, a then-lesser-known local politician sought to prove his watercraft was not a luxury yacht but rather a decommissioned Coast Guard vessel he purchased from the Army Surplus store in Kenmore square.
When it was determined that busing was not working....the city decided to try "boating".
Contingency plan for if the leaks in the ceiling at Boston City Hall get any worse.
If you look closely you can see the trickle-down effect in action. Lifting...er...one guy's boat...
Thanks for playing folks! This photograph is from our Boston 200 collection and shows a Coast Guard boat being lifted into City Hall for a "playcenter" in April of 1975. Here's the boat in the playcenter: https://twitter.com/ArchivesBoston/status/668898524101271553
I remember playing on that boat as a kid. Wasn't sure why there was a boat to climb on at City Hall with but definitely remember doing it with my siblings. That was when the steam kettle was at the corner - for the original shop tha was there but cant remember what the shop was called. We took the train in from Ashmont.
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