Hingham Names & Numbers
May 5, 2020
Hingham Harbor is roughly 15 nautical miles southeast of Boston. The harbor is protected on the east by the World’s End peninsula and to the northwest by Crow Point. The harbor and Hingham Bay contain several islands that are part of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area and can be visited by small boat or kayak. From points east and north, boaters can approach the bay and harbor through Hull Gut, off Nantasket Roads, by turning to port at Fl G “11” and picking up the shipping channel that guides commercial shipping toward the Fore River. At G “5” you can turn southeast toward Hingham Harbor or continue through the shipping channel to the GR “BR” buoy and the entrance to the Weymouth/Back River and Hewitts Cove.
If heading into Hingham Harbor, you’ll pass Bumpkin Island close to port then pick up red nun “6” and GR “HH” south of the island. At this point you can head east to World’s End and the anchorage on its east side, or proceed south toward the inner harbor.
The inner harbor is subject to shoaling but is routinely dredged. From R “8” and G “7” are cluster of small islands that mark the entrance to inner Hingham Harbor. Follow the meandering marked channel past Crow Point and the Hingham Yacht Club mooring field, then between the islands before snaking around the shoal area surrounding Button Island. At the end of the channel is a dinghy dock, a tie-off area (30-minute limit) and public boat ramp with parking at the town landing on Otis Street (Route 3A).
NOAA 13270, 13267
Dockage, Moorings & Service
Hingham Town Docks (781-741-1450; VHF 16): Offers dockside berths and moorings with a 30-minute tie-up limit. A dinghy dock is also located here.
Hingham Shipyard Marinas (781-749-6647): Large, full-service facility offering more 500 slips and 100 moorings and a wide range of services, including transient dockage and moorings, fuel, haul-out, engine repair, ice, water, WiFi, electric and much more. Hourly dockage available for boaters who wish to visit Shipyard Village
Steamboat Wharf Marina (781-925-0044): Located in nearby Hull, behind World’s End on the Weir River, Steamboat is technically in the neighboring town of Hull, but offers plenty of dockage for transients interested in visiting Hingham.
Boaters may be able to find room to anchor outside the channel in the designated mooring areas “A” off Crow Point and north of Ragged and Sarah Islands.
Another shallow anchorage is shown on charts in the very southern end of the harbor.
In the Weymouth Back River, a small anchorage is available along Eastern Neck and opposite Stodder Neck.
A free municipal boat ramp with floats and parking is located at the town landing on Otis Street (Route 3A), directly on Hingham Harbor. The ramp is not usable at low tide, and the parking lot fills up fast on weekends.
A second public launch ramp is located on River Street in Weymouth, on the Back River. $8 daily fee to launch and park.
You can stock up at the Fruit Center Market Place on Water Street. It carries everything from fresh produce to a fish market and shares space with a wine store.
Where to Eat
Hingham Center/Hingham Harbor
Stars (781) 749-3200: Popular family eatery near the harbor serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Tosca (781) 740-0080) and Caffe Tosca (781-740-9400; www.toscahingham.com): Both located just across Route 3A from Hingham Harbor.
The Snug (781) 749-9774: Classic Irish pub with great brew, authentic Irish fare, and live music
Square Café (781) 740-4060: Offers continental choices with an Asian flare.
Nona’s Homemade (781) 749-3999: Great smoothies, ice cream and more!
Shipyard Village/Hewitts Cove
Wahlburgers: Burgers and more.
Hingham Beer Works: Wide selection of microbrews and pub food.
Things to See & Do
The Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area: comprises more than two dozen islands spread throughout the harbor—including four in Hingham Harbor and six more in Hingham Bay—offering a range of recreational activities, from fishing and boating to camping and educational events. Reservations are required for camping on the islands. Bumpkin, Grape, and Peddocks Islands have docks where boaters can drop off passengers and then anchor or grab a mooring.
World’s End: A 251-acre peninsula owned by The Trustees of Reservations. Offers walking trails and views of Boston.
The Hewitts Cove Conservation Area: Hiking trails and views of the harbor.
Stodders Neck Park and Bare Cove Park: Wildlife and conservation sanctuaries on the Back River, which is also bordered on the west bank by the Back River Wildlife Sanctuary.
The Old Ship Church: Historic church dating to 1681 and is considered the oldest continuous religious meetinghouse in the nation. The interior suggests an inverted hull.
The Old Ordinary: Former tavern built in 1702, and the Old Derby Academy on Main Street, are both owned by the Hingham Historical Society.
Hingham Downtown Association