Charlestown Children Tour Boston Harbor Islands

On Sunday, September 17, more than 425 people joined Save the Harbor/Save the Bay for a free cruise to discover the Treasures of Spectacle Island, the first of two free cruises to the Boston Harbor Islands State and National Park that they have planned for the fall. 

Among the passengers aboard Bay State Cruise Company’s flagship Provincetown II were the Sugar and Spice Girls (Sunshine Smith, Beautiful Smith, Janelis Delacruz, and Crystal Figuerowas) from the BCYF Girls Leadership Corps in Charlestown, who sang sea chanteys and shared pirate jokes with singing pirate Chris Mancini, who appeared in the film “Pirates of the Caribbean” and is now Vice President of Operation and Programs at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. 

“Argh,” said Mancini as the boat emerged from the dense morning fog. “Its great to share the harbor we worked so hard to save with so many young people and their families. Now, what’s a pirates favorite letter? You might think its “R” for “Argh” but actually it is “C” for “Sea”.

On the island, kids and families from across the city and around the region learned a bit about Spectacle Island’s storied past and discovered sea glass and artifacts on Treasure Beach, hiked the North Drumlin for views of the city and the Harbor, and fished with Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s Youth Environmental Education Program staff. 

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay will host their final fall cruise to George’s Island on October 14th, and they want you to know that there is always room for you on their boat. You can learn more and RSVP at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s blog at

Save the Harbor’s free youth environmental education and family programs are made possible with Leadership Grants from Bay State Cruise Company, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, The Boston Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation, Distrigas/ENGIE.

Save the Harbor is grateful for Partnership Grants from Forrest Berkley & Marcie Tyre Berkley, Comcast, Eastern Salt Company, Inc., Fan Pier – The Fallon Company, John Hancock Financial Services, The Llewellyn Foundation, Massachusetts Bay Lines, Massachusetts Environmental Trust, Massachusetts Port Authority, National Grid Foundation, Nicholson Foundation, Lawrence J. and Anne Rubenstein Charitable Foundation, William E. & Bertha E. Schrafft Charitable Trust, Clinton H. & Wilma T. Shattuck Charitable Trust, Vertex, Yawkey Foundation.

Save the Harbor also appreciates funding support from Arbella Insurance Foundation, Blue Hills Bank Foundation, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston Properties – Atlantic Wharf, Boston Properties – 200 Clarendon, Camp Harbor View Foundation, Clipper Ship Foundation, Cronin Group, LLC, The Daily Catch Seaport, Davis Family Foundation, Elizabeth Elser Doolittle Charitable Trust, Alice Willard Dorr Foundation, Emera Inc., Enbridge, The HYM Investment Group, LLC, Lovett-Woodsum Foundation, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, P&G Gillette, RMR Real Estate Services, Skanska, South Boston Community Development Foundation, and Tishman Speyer.

Save the Harbor would also like to thank our supporters 3A Marine Service, Andus Baker & Rowan Murphy Family Fund, The Bay State Federal Savings Charitable Foundation, Beacon Capital Partners, LLC, Boston Bruins Foundation, Andrew J. Calamare & Marianne Connolly, Circle Furniture, Kevin and Dee Colcord, Diversified Automotive, Tom & Lucinda Foley, Fort Point Framers, Goulston & Storrs, Legal Sea Foods, George Lewis – Haven Trust, Liberty Bay Credit Union, Mass Bay Credit Union, Massachusetts Marine Educational Trust, National Park Service, Randy Peeler and Kate Kellogg, Red Sox Foundation, Storm Duds, Matthew J. & Gilda F. Strazzula Foundation, TD Charitable Foundation, UDR, Kyle and Sara Warwick.

Special thanks to the hundreds of individual donors and to our partners at the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Metropolitan Beaches Commission, the Boston Centers for Youth and Families and the YMCA of Greater Boston for their support.

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is a non-profit public-interest environmental advocacy organization for Boston Harbor, whose mission is to restore and protect Boston Harbor, the Boston Harbor Islands, our region’s beaches and the marine environment and share them with the public for everyone to enjoy.

For more information about Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, visit their website at, their blog Sea, Sand & Sky at or follow savetheharbor on Facebook and Twitter.

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