Thacher Island Public Access Moves Closer to Reality


Gloucester Times: The Thacher Island Association’s hopes of making Straitsmouth Island accessible to the public for the first time in 80 years are closer to fruition.

The association was awarded a $102,000 grant by unanimous vote when the state Seaport Economic Council met Tuesday in St. Joseph Hall, Salem. The nonprofit group, which volunteers on the 30-acre island for the town of Rockport, plans to use the money to build a boat ramp allowing boaters, kayakers, hikers, bird watchers and people to land and tour the island’s historic lighthouse and the keeper’s house.


Read more about plans to create public boat access to Thacher Island off Gloucester, MA.