Sunday, August 7, 2011

Lab Outing: George's Island and Spectacle Island

Pier on a foggy day.

Is it weird that I absolutely love wandering around decay and things falling apart?  Probably.

Fort at George's Island

Fort Warren was a pentagonal force to be reckoned with, defending Boston Harbor back in the day.  Interestingly, Boston Harbor is the only place in the US where glacial formations called drumlins intersect with a coastline, meaning that the harbor is full of underground hills.  This seems like just a bit of trivia until you realize the impact this has on ships arriving in Boston Harbor.  Because of the drumlins, there is only one natural channel deep enough for ships, especially ships of war, to enter the harbor.  Nowadays, there are some shipping ports that have dredged the harbor to change that, but it meant that Fort Warren was really an effective means of defending the one channel through to Boston proper. 

Pivots for cannons on the ramparts.

In the magazine.

In the end, nature always wins.

Last vestige of the military presence on George's Island.

Ferry.  (you can buy tickets and find more information here, it's cheap and tons of fun!)

View of Boston from the harbor.

Spectacle Island, former landfill and glue factory converted into an eco-friendly deposit of dirt from the big dig.  Definitely wins the award for best reuse of space and resources.

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