Sunday, July 14, 2013
Day 1- The Overview
I have always been an avid travel of the Greater Boston Metropolitan Area (as well as the rest of the world), but the Boston Harbor Islands have always remained an elusive mystery to me. Cape Ann & Cape Cod were once connected, and Massachusetts Bay was a just a pond. Glacier retreating is responsible for what we see now. That & landfilling. The islands that were created by this process are called drumlins. This deep, cold nutrient-rich water was in a protected “harbor”, which explains why it was settled: defense from damaging storms & opportunities for fishing.
Beginning this opportunity today, I found the experience rather exciting. It’s hard to imagine that this area was once covered in sewage and that no one had given a damn. Our trip started at Long Wharf in the Waterfront District, which was once just water all the way to the Customs House. I loved how we essentially got our own classroom at the center of the ferry to Quincy. Passing by Deer Island—now a sewage treatment—once was used by the Native Americans to chase deer out to, to keep their personal stock in place. The presence of wind turbines as an energy resource was a pressing issue as the water became a hot commodity, and these structures would be obstructing that view. Pirate Island hung pirates for all to see. Gallup Island, next to George’s Island apparently had asbestos issues. Nut Island involved sewage like Deer for the South. There was an useless public housing area next to the water with no public transportation, no school, no jobs, and was only built because the land was cheap—no surprise there. Asian ships were manufactured in Quincy. Spectacle, Moon, and Long Island were just a few the many islands we passed.
I hadn’t realized just how cold it would be, so I will definitely bring a light jacket on the water and leave my hat at home in the future. Striped bass seem to be the wicked popular fish out here in these waters. I hadn’t realized that numerous seagulls and fish boats in the vicinity indicate there’s a myriad of goodies nearby.