Thursday, September 19, 2019

Hundreds enjoy a fall cruise to Boston Light with Save the Harbor/Save the Bay

It was a true sunset cruise Monday night as nearly 700 people joined us on the Bay State Cruise Company’s flagship Provincetown II for our Share the Harbor Boston Light cruise to take in the sights and sounds of Boston Harbor at dusk.
Nearly 700 people were aboard Provincetown II for the September 16 Boston Light Cruise.
It was shaping up to be a picturesque autumn evening, and the forecast did not disappoint as the cruise departed the World Trade Center dock. The sun was setting behind the city as we reached the lighthouse, which provided picture-perfect opportunities for all on board.
Boston Light at sunset during the September 16 Share the Harbor cruise.
As we motored past the harbor islands, commentary was provided by Boston Harbor historian David Coffin, whose entertaining charisma captured the attention of everyone on board. He told tales of the golden age of piracy around Boston Harbor and shared history of the harbor as we passed, including the great environmental success story of the Boston Harbor Cleanup.

We were then treated to his rendition of the hymn Let the Lower Lights Be Burning, about the lights from towns onshore guiding ships into port.

Also, aboard the Provincetown II was special guest Dr. Sally Snowman, the 70th keeper of Boston Light and first female light keeper in its long history. She spoke about her daily life and duties on Little Brewster Island. Guests were captivated by her description of the crashing waves, passing boats, beautiful sunsets, and marine life that she experiences. With her, she brought photos from the island’s past and the evolution of the Boston Light and the keeper’s house since 1716.
Harbor Historian and narrator David Coffin, and current Boston Light keeper Sally Snowman.
As the sun made its final descent, a member of the Coast Guard played the bugle to mark the end of the day, as is customary at sunset in the Coast Guard.

At nightfall, our fun filled cruise came to an end with Boston’s skyline lighting up the water around us. People flooded to the bow to take in the beautiful sights and to capture it on their cameras.
People capture photos of the Boston skyline at sunset.
According to Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay’s Vice President Chris Mancini, these free trips are part of the new Share the Harbor initiative that was launched in the spring.

“So far this year nearly 5,000 people have taken part in this great new program,” said Mancini. “The best way we know to ‘Save the Harbor’ is to ‘Share the Harbor’ with the public through free events and programs on the Harbor, the beach, the waterfront and the islands.”

There are still opportunities to get out on the harbor with us! Click here ( to sign for our next Share the Harbor cruise on September 29 to Spectacle Island.

To stay up-to-date on the work we do to restore, protect and share Boston Harbor visit and like or follow savetheharbor on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Save the Harbor's free Share the Harbor Cruises are made possible with Leadership Grants from Cronin Development, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and Bay State Cruise Company.

Save the Harbor is grateful for Leadership Grants from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, The Boston Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation, Exelon Generation, and John Hancock Financial Services.

Save the Harbor is also grateful for Partnership Grants from the Boston Bruins Foundation, Boston Properties – Atlantic Wharf, Boston Properties—200 Clarendon, The Daily Catch Seaport, Davis Family Charitable Foundation, Eastern Salt Company, Inc., Engie, Fan Pier - The Fallon Company, Highland Street Foundation, Hood Business Park, The HYM Investment Group, LLC, IR+M Charitable Fund, The Llewellyn Foundation, Massachusetts Port Authority, National Grid Foundation, P & G Gillette, Lawrence J. and Anne Rubenstein Charitable Foundation, William E. Schrafft & Bertha E. Schrafft Charitable Trust, Clinton H. & Wilma T. Shattuck Charitable Trust, and Vertex.

Save the Harbor also appreciates Stewardship Grants from the Camp Harbor View Foundation, Circle Furniture, Comcast, Copeland Family Foundation, The Cricket Foundation, Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation, Davis Family Charitable Foundation, Elizabeth Elser Doolittle Charitable Trust, Dorr Charitable Foundation, Enbridge, Tom & Lucinda Foley, Foundation for Sustainability and Innovation, The Kershaw Foundation – Cheers for Children, George Lewis - Haven Trust, Liberty Bay Credit Union, Lovett Woodsum Foundation, Maine Community Foundation, MarineMax Russo, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Nicholson Foundation, Pabis Foundation, REI, RMR Real Estate Services, Rockland Trust Pavilion, Skanska, Abbot & Dorothy H. Stevens Foundation, TD Charitable Foundation, and Tishman Speyer.
Save the Harbor would also like to thank our Program Funders Andus Baker & Rowan Murphy Family Fund, MA Attorney General’s Office Healthy Summer and Youths Jobs Program, The Paul and Edith Babson Foundation, Beacon Capital Partners, LLC, Andrew Calamare & Marianne Connolly, Cell Signaling Technology, Diversified Automotive, Legal Sea Foods, Miss Wallace M. Leonard Foundation, Mass Bay Credit Union, Matthew J. & Gilda F. Strazzula Foundation, UDR, and Kyle & Sara Warwick.

Save the Harbor would also like to extend our gratitude to our Supporters 3A Marine Service, The Bay State Federal Savings Charitable Foundation, Cresset Group, Massachusetts Marine Educational Trust, Randy Peeler & Kate Kellogg.

Special thanks as well to the hundreds of individual donors for their support and to our partners at the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Metropolitan Beaches Commission, the Boston Centers for Youth and Families and the YMCA of Greater Boston.

To stay up-to-date on the work we do to restore, protect and share Boston Harbor visit and like or follow savetheharbor on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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