Saturday, July 13, 2013

Harbor View

Tour of Boston Harbor
On a 2nd half of the day our class met at Long Wharf north where Professor Bruce gave us the itinerary of what turned out to be a very informative day. From the Long wharf dock we took a boat to Georges Island while contemplating one of the most spectacular views of the harbor. As we sail out in high tide water I had a great view of the water front, beginning in Charlestown all the way to South Boston. Once in deeper water I had a clear view of the airport in East Boston and Castle Island on the south side. At that point we were in the middle of the main harbor channel which is heavily traveled by large cargo ship and smaller vessels. Few miles down to the left side of the boat I spotted Deer Island where the waste water treatment plant is located and standing out from distance it was the amazing 140 foot high tank. In a relatively close distance we pass by long Island on our right side, and we moved pretty quick passing Nixes Mate and Gallops Island. At that point the Captain slowed down as we approached Georges Island. After stopping for roughly 10 minutes we moved towards Hingham Bay passing between Wind turbine in Hull and Peddocks Island. We were so close to the shore that I observed several people fishing off the coast of Hull. Once in Hingham Bay we moved slowly through Weymouth right into Quincy Fore River Shipyard where we reached our final destination. This trip was important as it allowed me to see the harbor with different eyes and appreciate the beauty of our local water. I learned that I should pay more attention to what the harbor has to offer and invest more time in understanding the natural resources we have close to home.

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