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Route," from New York to San Francisco via Cape Horn. The boat and its navigator, Eleanor Cressey, a woman and student of astronomy, water currents, and weather patterns, were a rare and winning combination. The go-go days of shipbuilding have passed, but there is still plenty to do at BHS&M. Catch a water taxi from the dock and explore Boston Harbor in a new way. If you prefer being in the water to being on the water, and if swimming through underwater ledges and sunken ships sounds like fun, charter a scuba/snorkeling trip with BOSTON SCUBA. They are a full service PADI dive shop complete with PADI certification courses. While near the water, look for the 1936 LIGHTSHIP NO. 112 NANTUCKET, whose headquarters are at BHS&M. This Nantucket Red colored boat with huge white letters bearing its name, helped ships nav- igate the dangerous Nantucket Shoals and was the last beacon seen by boats leaving the U.S. and the first for those entering. The INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART (ICA) is expanding across the Harbor to the BHS&M this June. The ICA's new and unfinished space, Watershed, will retain the feel of EB's industrial past — a gallery will showcase EB's history — while offering exciting contemporary immersive experiences. Its waterside lounge will open to the water and be a perfect spot for people and harbor watching. And its dedi- cated water shuttle will enable museum goers to toggle between the ICA's Seaport location and this new outpost. Look for the large out- door sculptures and the painting of the sea captain with the ruddy complexion which are courtesy HarborArts, a community of artists committed to using their talents to raise awareness about the health of oceans and waterways. BHS&M is also home to DOWNEAST CIDER HOUSE ("Downeast"), a lively spot for tasting craft ciders. Founded by two friends during their senior Boston Harbor is Alive and Well Boston Harbor was critical to Boston's early development and success. However, as early as 1634, the health of the Harbor was in question due to its high content of raw sewage. In the late 1800s, the city of Boston greatly magnified the problem with the installation of a sewage and storm water collection system for the city and surround- ing communities that discharged untreated storm water and residen- tial, industrial, and medical waste directly into Boston Harbor and the Charles, Mystic, and Neponset rivers. In the 1950s, the stench and aesthetics of sewage floating in the water and washing up onto the shore, combined with the health dangers of swimming in and eating fish harvested from the Harbor, prompted the city officials to construct two primary sewage treatment plants, which separated approximately 50 percent of total solids from the water. This cleaner water was then released back into the Harbor to be carried away with the outgoing tide. Unfortunately, the captured solids were also released back into the Harbor. During the 1960s, these sewage treatment plants fell into disrepair, resulting in discharge of raw and partially treated sewage directly into the Harbor and its tributaries again. In 1972, Congress enacted the Clean Water Act, which required sewage water to be disinfected. Boston's reaction to the Act is a story of the best and worst in politics. In the end, the Boston Harbor clean-up was a massive public works project and a tremendous success. An engineering feat, the clean up involved construction of large raw sewage digestors, which turn sewage into fertilizer, and a 7.5-mile tunnel under the harbor floor that directs effluent away from the Harbor. Although controversial for residents on Cape Cod and along the coast of Massachusetts and Maine, these changes have significantly improved Boston Harbor's water quality, restoring a vital natural resource and recreating a magical place for fun and recre- ation for all. B e t h F u r m a n excursions "a magical place for fun and recreation" 178 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 8

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