Harbormaster Keeps Narragansett Bay Safe

Photo Illustration, New England Boating.
Photo Illustration, New England Boating.

ProvidenceJournal.com: “It’s probably the best job in the world,” North Kingstown [Rhode Island] Harbormaster Ed Hughes said as he opened the throttle on the 115-horsepower Yamaha motor propelling his 20-foot boat south toward the Jamestown Bridge.

On a sultry summer afternoon, a cooling breeze in his face, Hughes appeared to have a point.

Not that the job doesn’t have aggravations, he added: Speeders. Boaters who drink too much. Parents whose kids do not wear life jackets, his pet peeve.

This is his third summer as harbormaster, Hughes said, and the long July Fourth weekend has been the “craziest” yet. On Saturday he had to deal with two boats in danger of sinking and some stranded kayakers. Narragansett Bay was crammed with boat traffic.

But at noon on Sunday the Bay was placid, just the way Hughes likes it.

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