On June 1, 1813, in a bloody sea battle between an American and a British frigate a few miles north of Boston, one of America’s most memorable wartime slogans was born. As the mortally wounded Captain James Lawrence of the US frigate Chesapeake lay dying in his cabin, he is alleged to have said: “Don’t give up the ship!” But not only did Lawrence’s surviving crew give up the ship almost immediately afterward, historians and military analysts would later conclude that Lawrence committed tactical blunders that all but guaranteed he and his ship would lose.
With boating season fully underway, we have updated our post from last year about navigational dangers of Boston Harbor. This year, we have included photos. Click here for the link!
Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Veterans Services Commissioner Francisco Ureña today announced a new Memorial Day tradition for the city of Boston in the form of an outdoor concert titled Remembrance: A Musical Tribute to Our Fallen Heroes.
“Memorial Day is about honoring those who served and gave their lives for our freedom, and I am proud to introduce this moving musical tribute,” Mayor Menino said. “I encourage everyone to come out on Monday evening and take part in this wonderful event.”
There will soon be no more than four road races a year in South Boston if a proposal by the area's representative in the Massachusetts legislature passes.
As Boston.com reports, South Boston Representative Nick Collins is advocating a cap of four races a year that would require at least partial closing of two much-used roads in South Boston. One of those roads, Day Boulevard, runs along Boston Harbor, and is the most popular place to stage races in the area.
For the first time in more than a decade, a new company will operate the MBTA’s commuter ferry service between Boston and Quincy and Hull, officials said.
On Wednesday, the state Transportation Department board awarded Nolan Associates LLC, doing business as Boston Harbor Cruises, a three-year, nine-month contract for submitting the lowest bid of $15,793,105, MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said. The contract begins July 1.
We're getting ready to do some serious flounder fishing, but instead of plying those once rich with flounder places on the Piscataqua River and the coves and back bays connected to it, we'll probably head to Boston Harbor, where flounder fishing has returned to almost its once greatness while ours here hasn't seen that much of a recovery. The two bright spots on the New Hampshire coastline seem to be Rye Harbor and the waters just off the harbor and the Hampton Harbor and also the waters just off the harbors. But even at their best they can't match what goes on in Boston.
Call for peace resounds on day to honor those killed and injured in wars
Although many have never heard of it, next month marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Boston Harbor.
That event was an important morale boost for the British during the War of 1812, and next weekend the Old Burying Ground Foundation is hosting a public event to commemorate the outcome of the action between the HMS Shannon and the USS Chesapeake.
Gino Vieira of Stoughton makes a hobby of photographing the historic forts on the Boston Harbor islands. He asked how he can get out to Fort Strong on Long Island this summer.
The Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands will run two trips in July and August. Gino emailed:
A juvenile humpback whale was spotted in Boston Harbor early yesterday before making an exit to open water in the afternoon, a rare sighting so close to shore.
The whale was spotted swimming by Spectacle and Deer islands by the captain aboard an 8 a.m. Boston Harbor Cruises boat, said Laura Howes, director of marine education and conservation at Boston Harbor Cruises.
The whale spotted in the harbor, she said, looked to be about 20 to 30 feet in length.
By 10 a.m. yesterday, Howes said, a buffer zone had been set up by the Coast Guard and Environmental Police.