Free Cruise to Spectacle Island on Oct. 25

Free Cruise to Spectacle Island on Oct.
Spectacle Island, photo Save-the-Harbor/Save-the-Bay

The environmental group Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is inviting the public on a free cruise to Boston Harbor’s Spectacle Island on Saturday, October 25, 2014, to enjoy a beautiful fall day on the harbor and discover the “Treasures of Spectacle Island.”

Nearly 400 people joined them on their September trip, so reserve space now. The trip will board the Provincetown II at 9:30 a.m. and depart at 10 a.m. from the Bay State Cruise Company’s dock at the World Trade Center in South Boston, and return to the dock at 2:30 p.m. It is easy to get to the boat by car or the MBTA’s Silver Line.

There will be plenty of time for exploring, hiking, and treasure hunting on the island, though they ask participants to leave sea glass and artifacts on the beach where they found them.

Though the snack bar on Spectacle Island is closed for the season, there will be refreshments available for sale on the boat. They suggest passengers pack a picnic lunch to bring with them on the trip, as well as a bag for trash. Also, the weather is often cooler on the water and the islands, so visitors should dress in warm layers.

Save the Harbor staff will teach everyone their favorite sea shanty, “Haul Away Joe”, then encourage all guests to come up with an original verse of their own. Sing a verse for a Save the Harbor staff member, or take a video singing a verse and share it with Save the Harbor on their page on Facebook at or sent it by email at

Staff will pick their favorite renditions of “Haul Away Joe” from the trip and post them on their blog, “Sea, Sand and Sky” at

Any brave soul that enters the contest will receive a blue beach glass marble and a chance to win a round-trip ticket to any non-stop domestic destination from JetBlue Airways as part of their “Simply Marble-ous” treasure hunt, which runs through Halloween.

Reservations are required. Though there is plenty of room on the boat, space is still limited, so RSVP to or call Amy at (617) 451-2860 x1008 to reserve your place. Give them an accurate headcount so that they can accommodate as many guests as possible.