Boston Harbor

Boston Harbor, May 2015


roseway off of castle island  (sonya kovacic)

roseway off of castle island (sonya kovacic)

 Roseway, the historic tall ship found sailing around the Boston Harbor during the summer, is a wooden schooner that was initially constructed in 1925 as a fishing vessel.

Harold Hathaway from Taunton commissioned the boat. It was said that the oak to make the frame came from his estate and the name, Roseway, came from  an acquaintance of his, "who always got her way.” 

Fun Fact: "Despite its limited fishing history, Roseway set a record of 74 swordfish caught in one day in 1934.

The ship became a National Historic Landmark in 1997.

World Ocean School currently operates Roseway. From May to September, the schooner is located in Boston and from November to May, in the US Virgin Islands.  Click here to see where Roseway is at this exact moment.

If you are looking for something to do this summer, there are Sunday Funday trips as well as beer and wine tastings on the Roseway.

June 2014, Boston Harbor


boston skyline at sunset, in june  (sonya kovacic)

boston skyline at sunset, in june (sonya kovacic)

It happens every June: Boston gets a lot roomier. The end of the school year brings a mass departure of students — and with over 250,000 in Boston and Cambridge alone, their absence makes a difference.

The student exodus does more than just free up the T. Many local businesses report a noticeable change during the summer months, especially those who serve the student population. According to The Boston Globe, examples include:


  • GrubHub's late-night orders (between midnight and 3.a.m) drop significantly — down nearly 15% on weekends.
  • Blanchard's Liquors in Allston sells less Budweiser, Miller Light, and Natural Ice (but sells more microbrews).
  • Allston's Stingray BodyArt does fewer tattoos — especially of song lyrics and scientific formulas.

Boston has a slate of festivals and events lined up for July and August: Jerkfest, Harborfest, Kitefest, Porchfest, Gospelfest, and more. One event to watch out for is Banditos Misteriosos' annual water-gun fight: location TBA.

Boston Harbor, May 2014


ferry to the harbor islands  (sonya kovacic)

ferry to the harbor islands (sonya kovacic)

When the Puritans settled in Boston and Charlestown in 1630, they quickly realized they needed an easy way to get back and forth between the two settlements.  That same year, the Court of Assistants granted a charter to Edward Converse to operate a ferry across the Charles River. The charter also established the ferry's pricing, which would be 2 pence per passenger (or 1 apiece if the party was 2 or more), 1 penny per goat, 2 pence per swine, and 6 pence per horse or cow.

The "great ferry" ran successfully for over 100 years, but became obsolete after the construction of a bridge. The Charles River Bridge, completed in 1785, was the predecessor to today's Charlestown Bridge. If you've ever followed the Freedom Trail, you've walked across the Charlestown Bridge – and walked directly above Edward Converse's historic ferry route.

This month, the MBTA launched a new daily ferry service between Boston and Lynn. You can use it as an excuse to visit Dungeon Rock in Lynn Woods — a cave with a history involving ghosts,  an earthquake, and a pirate's buried treasure.