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  • lakechampainer
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    More reposted Castle Island pics. Reposts of , third, second, first, and fifth posts of thread.
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    Last edited by lakechampainer; 25 Jun 17, 06:41.

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  • lakechampainer
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    Repost of fourth picture in thread. Repost of sixth picture in thread.
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    Last edited by lakechampainer; 25 Jun 17, 06:27.

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  • JSMoss
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    Originally posted by lakechampainer View Post
    No, I haven't been out to Georges Island. I think I was there on a third grade field trip.

    Interesting info about defense facilities. Any sort of a map showing where the facilities were?

    Also last three images in the left hand column on this page give a good orientation to major locations.

    http://coastdefense.com/boston_harbor_overview.htm

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  • JSMoss
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    Originally posted by lakechampainer View Post
    No, I haven't been out to Georges Island. I think I was there on a third grade field trip.

    Interesting info about defense facilities. Any sort of a map showing where the facilities were?
    I find using a basic harbor navigation map along with this book gives one a good overview.

    http://www.amazon.com/Military-Histo...arbor+defenses

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  • lakechampainer
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    Originally posted by JSMoss View Post
    Great photos, thanks for posting.

    Did you get out to Ft. Warren on Georges Island. Very large fort in entrance to Boston Harbor that came on line in 1861 and remained the hub of harbor defense system until then end of WW II. Virtually every island in Boston Harbor had some sort of defensive establishment on it ranging including coastal artillery batteries, anti submarine listen post, manual mine detonation posts, anti air batteries, and even missile batteries. Only known "action" in WWII was when a German sub tried to enter the harbor and was entangled in a mine cable in the outer entrance. The on duty personnel were so surprised the sub managed to back out of its entanglement and get away before the mine was detonated.
    No, I haven't been out to Georges Island. I think I was there on a third grade field trip.

    Interesting info about defense facilities. Any sort of a map showing where the facilities were?

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  • JSMoss
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    Great photos, thanks for posting.

    Did you get out to Ft. Warren on Georges Island. Very large fort in entrance to Boston Harbor that came on line in 1861 and remained the hub of harbor defense system until then end of WW II. Virtually every island in Boston Harbor had some sort of defensive establishment on it ranging including coastal artillery batteries, anti submarine listen post, manual mine detonation posts, anti air batteries, and even missile batteries. Only known "action" in WWII was when a German sub tried to enter the harbor and was entangled in a mine cable in the outer entrance. The on duty personnel were so surprised the sub managed to back out of its entanglement and get away before the mine was detonated.

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  • Marshall Stack
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    Great thread! One of my ancestors, Samuel Treat (whose portrait is my avatar), was an officer at Castle Island from 1780 until 1798, when Massachusetts ceded the fort to the federal government. In an effort to keep his job, he visited President Adams in person at his home in Quincy in September 1798 to ask for a continuation of his service. Adams forwarded his petition to Secretary of War McHenry, but his request was ultimately denied. His original 1st Lt. commission is among Adams' papers at the Massachusetts Historical Society.

    I give him credit for having enough nerve to visit the president at home to ask to keep his job. Good luck doing something like that now!

    Additionally, Lieutenant Treat's son-in-law Cotton Thayer was Sgt. of Marines aboard the Constitution. He was promoted to Lieutenant around the time Capt. Nicholson was sacked, and served in that capacity until 1801.

    Great website!
    Last edited by Marshall Stack; 14 Feb 14, 08:38.

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  • Kevin Kenneally
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    Originally posted by lakechampainer View Post
    Hi Philip - I think the Constitution is simply at it's berth here. Now that I think about it, the kayakers obviously couldn't get so close if it was underway. Buildings from satellite photo seem to match.

    https://maps.google.com/maps?oe=utf-...d=0CKoBEPwSMAQ
    You are correct.

    The boom and netting can be seen in the picture, preventing anyone from getting closer to this fine ship.

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  • lakechampainer
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    Is it a shark? Fin sighted in South Boston Bay. From WHDH TV.

    Link to story and video

    http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/l...th-boston-bay/

    excerpt

    SOUTH BOSTON, Mass. (WHDH) -- People who have been hanging around South Boston’s Pleasure Bay recently may have noticed something different in the water: an apparent shark fin.
    Video sent to 7News showed the huge fin thrashing back and forth in the water in the bay.
    The fisherman who took the video said he has seen it two days in a row.
    "Just today it was real huge. It went real out. And it was real huge,” Edgar Marzan said.
    The fin was so big, a lot of people thought it must be a shark.

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  • lakechampainer
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    Some more pictures: the first picture is looking towards the Back Bay, where the Hancock Building and the Prudential Building can be seen, as can the South Boston power plant. The second picture is looking down the road that was built out to the island in the 1900s, looking in the general direction of Farragut road, where the fighting took place in March, 1776.
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  • lakechampainer
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    Link to the Wikipedia article on the Fortification of Dorchester Heights, and a photo of a map in the article that showed Boston at the time (see lower right of map):

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fortifi...hester_Heights


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  • lakechampainer
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    Correcting a mistake - the container terminal - Conley Terminal - was never part of the Naval Annex or the Army Base - the land adjacent to the north of it was, but not the container port land itself.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Boston_Army_Base

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Boston_Naval_Annex

    video of South Boston Naval Annex - 1957-1958

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeuTENjszeU

    Wikipedia article on Boston Navy Yard.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Navy_Yard
    Last edited by lakechampainer; 11 Jul 13, 01:36.

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  • lakechampainer
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    Originally posted by ChrisF1987 View Post
    Awesome photos

    I have never been to Boston but it is on my "to do" list.

    BTW: what is the "Boston Metropolitan Police"? I have never heard of this agency before. Is it like some sort of county police department?
    Thanks!

    The MDC wasn't a county police force, but it was along those lines. They were responsible for certain MDC roads and certain sections of state highways, parks, playgrounds, rinks, beaches, etc. in Boston and it's inner suburbs. The MDC as a whole, not just the police, was like much in Massachusetts, a patronage haven. There were issues with the police department. It eventually was abolished, and various state agencies took over its missions. The MDC police merged into the state police at some point.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of..._Massachusetts


    website dedicated to MDC Police
    http://home.comcast.net/~mmrubino/site/

    Edit: according to above, picture of carrier and cruiser from 1980
    Last edited by lakechampainer; 09 Jul 13, 19:51.

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  • Pruitt
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    Phil,

    There are too many cannon on the ship to be the Mayflower. The USS Constitution (Old Ironsides) was a Super Frigate that scared the Royal Navy Badly when they first fought. The Royal Navy expected its Frigates to take on and win at least two enemy Frigates of similar size or a bigger ship. While the typical Royal Navy Heavy Frigate carried 36/38 18 pounder cannon, Old Ironsides actually carried 40 large guns of at least 24 pound class and some larger Carronades on deck.

    Pruitt

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  • ChrisF1987
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    Awesome photos

    I have never been to Boston but it is on my "to do" list.

    BTW: what is the "Boston Metropolitan Police"? I have never heard of this agency before. Is it like some sort of county police department?

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