The Boston Harbor Islands: Discovering the City's Hidden Shores

The Boston Harbor Islands: Discovering the City's Hidden Shores

by Christopher Klein

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The Boston Harbor Islands: Discovering the City's Hidden Shores is an indispensable resource for those who want to uncover the best kept secret in the Northeast. Part history, part travel guide, Christopher Klein has written the most compelling invitation to explore the Boston Harbor Islands national park area to date. Explore the military installations that protected Boston during wartime—including Fort Warren, home of Confederate prisoners during the Civil War. Visit Boston Light on Little Brewster, the nation’s oldest lighthouse site. Kayak into the coves where pirates and bootleggers once hid. Dive amid century-old wrecks, or climb to the top of Spectacle Island for an altogether different view of Boston. Take in a jazz concert, an antique baseball game, or simply hop from one island to the next to experience the stunning natural beauty of this most storied national park. Complete with resource listings of recreational activities on and around the harbor islands and richly illustrated with over 150 full-color photographs, Klein’s comprehensive coverage and keen wit will inspire thousands of landlubbers and mariners to leave port for many summers to come.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493050390
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 05/01/2020
Edition description: 3rd Edition
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 284,151
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Christopher Klein is the author of four books, including When the Irish Invaded Canada and Strong Boy: The Life and Times of John L. Sullivan. A frequent contributor to, Christopher has also written for The Boston Globe, The New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Harvard Magazine,, and He lives in Andover, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Icon Key v

Portrait of the Harbor: An Introduction vi

The Heart of the Harbor xx

Georges Island 1

Spectacle Island 13

Lovells Island 29

Gallops Island 40

Nixes Mate 43

Rainsford Island 47

Moon Island 54

Long Island 59

Thompson Island 69

Around Hingham Bay 82

Peddocks Island 85

Bumpkin Island 98

Grape Island 106

Hangman Island 115

Sheep Island 116

Slate Island 117

Raccoon Island 118

Hingham Harbor Islands 119

The Outer Harbor 128

Little Brewster Island 130

Great Brewster Island 141

Middle Brewster Island 149

Outer Brewster Island 155

Calf Island 163

Little Calf Island 167

Green Island 168

Shag Rocks 169

The Graves 171

Islands for Landlubbers 176

Deer Island 178

Snake Island 188

World's End 189

Webb Memorial State Park 197

Nut Island 203

Harbor & Island Resources 210

Get Involved! 212

Resources 214

Acknowledgments and About the Author 225

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