Last Saturday I spent the day working on the Harbor Island boats conducting harbor tours and the Voyager III which we used to host an after race party for the Boston Harbor Islands Regatta. I brought my camera and took some photos but most of the day we were too busy to take our own photos. It was wonderful to see so many people understand how much fun fall on the Boston Harbor can be. Below is a photo essay of what I saw during the day:
For those who know boats, you may be stumped by this one. This is a 36’ Windsor Craft. It is one of a handful of modern boats built of wood as opposed to fiberglass. Note all the varnished mahogany (60 coats). The hulls are built in Turkey of cold molded mahogany and West epoxy construction technique. You can pick one of these up used for between $300,000 and $500,000.
What a great venue for a party! Here race participants check in and join the party. We used our 115’, three deck Voyager III for the party where we had 2 bars, and tables loaded with food donated by sponsors available for guests and a fantastic selection of fun summer music playing in the background.
As we were setting up for the Boston Harbor Islands Regatta party, I spied the Baltimore Clipper historic reproduction sailing vessel “Pride of Baltimore II”. The original “Pride of Baltimore” sank in a storm after being hit with what was described as a “micro burst”. She was returning to the United States from the Caribbean on May 14, 1986 when the sinking occurred with a loss of 4 of the 12 crew.
On the left is a 26’ Thunderbird class sailboat that participated in the regatta (note the insignia on the sail). I raced on one of these back in the 1970’s with a former teacher of mine, Ed Grogan. The boat was bright green and named Leprechaun.
On the right are boats rafted together after the race with the north drumlin of Spectacle Island in the background.
“Slippery When Wet” rafts up next to Class A winner “Shout” after the race while other racers anchor in the background and prepare to head in for the post race party.
In addition to the exciting day with the Boston Harbor Islands Regatta, there were many guests visiting Spectacle Island. Here at 2:00 pm there are still full bots of guests arriving while guests who came out earlier in the day are ready to go home and are waiting on the gangway. Long Island Bridge can be seen in the distance.
A racer from one of the cruising classes picks up a mooring off the north end of Spectacle Island as a historic sailing vessel enters the harbor via the Main Ship Channel in the background.
Racers tie up and relax at the Spectacle Island Marina after the race as the after race party begins.
The Island Expedition finishes boarding guests and prepares to head out to the islands.
Every day we go out on the harbor I learn a little more about aircraft and how to identify each type. Here a Bombardier Dash 8 comes in low overhead for a landing on runway 4R. Identifying features of this plane include: Prop driven, Landing gear retracts into the engine nacelles, Wing on top of fuselage, “T” shaped tail.
This Jet Blue Air Bus A320-232 is named “Mo’ Better Blue.”
If you are curious about any particular plane but do not want to bother with learning the identifying features of each plane type, all you need to do is type the airplanes tail number into your computer or smart phone and the planes entire history, photographs and specifications will come right up. Try it…tail number N580JB!
This Integrated Tug and Barge came barreling into the harbor while we were doing our Harbor Cruise with a group of Cruise Ship passengers. We do over 100 of these each year in partnership with the shore excursion company “Intercruises”.
97 guests waiting to board the Island Adventure at Georges Island after a great day exploring the historic Fort Warren and enjoying the beautiful day. We loaded everyone quickly for a 4:15 pm on time departure. The recently refurbished Visitor Center and open air dining area are in the background and the granite walls of Fort Warren are in the distance.
A little bit of afternoon atmospheric moisture settled in for this photo with a recreational trawler type boat in the foreground, Camp Harborview on Long Island in the middle background and the Boston skyline is in the distance.
Departing guests after a wonderful day on the islands. Note the couple taking photos behind our pirate photo board; this is from the back side. These cut outs are a lot of fun and it is amazing how many people have taken photos with our pirates this year.
The Boston Harbor Island National Park Area is officially open through Columbus Day and out Whale Watch operation on Voyager III runs through October 27th. AND, our Specialty Cruises that run all fall, winter and spring are just starting. Just because we are in New England does not mean we can not have fun out on the water year round; dress for the weather, bring your camera and come on out for some fun.
Boston’s Best Cruises, Principal