I’ll be spending the week in Westport, Massachusetts, a lovely old fishing village at the Western edge of Buzzard’s Bay. This year, the town is welcoming back a former community fixture to their annual Fourth of July parade: an old, historic rescue boat that once patrolled the waters around Cuttyhunk Island, several miles to the south. Before the U.S. Coast Guard assumed responsibility for protecting American waters, many coastal townships (especially those who depended on the sea for their livelihoods) had designated lifeboats which were staffed by volunteers and which cruised around the sea in search of any boats that fell into distress.
Up until now, the boat was at a museum in Mystic Seaport, Massachusetts. I don’t have a picture of it yet, but I look forward to seeing it on Wednesday!