Hull Lifesaving Museum re-creates a 20th century lifesaving station. It features exhibits on lifesaving, lighthouses, and shipwrecks. Its mission preserves the region’s lifesaving tradition and maritime culture. It is accomplished using collections, exhibits, educational and research facilities.
Their objectives stress skills, courage and caring through reviewing deeds, traditions and ethics of 19th century costal lifesavers. The full service facility is important offering life-changing programs to the community.
Boat building and open water rowing programs are offered. Rowing programs educate youth about themselves and encouraging stewardship for its maritime history in the Boston Harbor.
The station’s first floor has full ease of access. A gift shop offers a great selection of mementos with proceeds supporting their outreach. It was built in 1889 for a U.S. Life Saving Station, and then a Coast Guard Station from 1915 to 1969.
Wednesday – Sunday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.
Adults $5 with reduced rates for seniors and children
1117 Nantasket Avenue, P.O. Box 221- Hull, MA
Hull is a town on the narrow Nantasket Peninsula, with 10,293 population. It is the state’s fourth smallest town with the counties smallest land area. Consequently population density is one of the highest in the state.
Spinnaker Island in the Hingham Bay area of Boston Harbor is known as Hog Island, Little Hog Island, or Park Island. Its location was valuable for military purposes with construction in 1920 of Fort Duvall. It was used for a Nike missile site in the 1950’s, until deactivation in 1974. The island was redeveloped as a condominium and marina complex in 1987.
Georges Island is 7 miles from downtown Boston at the Boston Harbor entrance. It was a defense for Boston Harbor from 1861 to the end of World War II. Historic Fort Warren was built on its 39 acres in 1833 – 1861. The fort was used at the start of the Spanish-American War and re-activated during World War II.
Fort Warren was completed before the start of the American Civil War. It was used for a prison holding Confederate officers and officials during the Civil War. Fort Warren was decommissioned in 1947 and reopened to the public in 1961.
Fort Warren is open from May to October, accessible by ferry from Boston or Hull Island. It has guided tours with a museum in the old mine storehouse. There is a snack bar, toilets, water fountains, picnic tables and a kids play structure.
Nantasket Beach is in the town of Hull on the peninsula. The name Nantasket is from the Wampanoag Native American tribe of Massachusetts. It means ‘ at the strait’, ‘ low tide place’, or ‘where tides meet’,
Hull is a 6-hour drive to Boston with a 45-minute drive of 20 miles from Boston by land. It is only 5 miles by water with a 20-minute boat ride from Boston’s Long Wharf to Pemberton Pier.
This could be a wonderful outing with a boat ride, museum visit and tour of Fort Warren all in one day.