Mystery Harbor July: Scituate Harbor, Mass.


If you can correctly identify this harbor, you’ll be on your way to winning a fine Points East designer cap. To qualify, identify the harbor AND tell us something about the harbor, such as how you recognized it and some reasons you like to hang out there. We’ll pick a winner from the most informative and interesting correct reply we receive and print the answers in the next issue of Points East and also post them here.

We moored Grand Banks 36 Sea Story 2 there

Looks to me like the harbor of Scituate, Mass. The photographer is looking westward into it from seaward, with the stately mansions of First Cliff to port and the picturesque Cedar Point lighthouse to starboard.
Scituate offers launch service to moorings at the Scituate Harbor Yacht Club and the Satuit Boat Club, two full-service marinas, and a handy and most-complete harborside street of shops and stores.

We moored our boats there for many years, starting with a Sabre 28, then moving on to a Grand Banks 32, and finally to our beloved Grand Banks 36, Sea Story 2. My dear mate has left on her final cruise, and the good ship has been sold, but Scituate will always remain our favorite port.

Warren Hayes
Hanover, Mass.

Warren’s late wife Mary Jane shot many lovely cover photos for Points East and other boating publications.

That’s First Cliff to left of light

This is Scituate Harbor, Mass. The jetty and the lighthouse look very familiar. It looks like it’s First Cliff to left of that lighthouse.

John Hatherley
North Weymouth, Mass.

Is photographer bound for P-Town?

Your Mystery Harbor is about 56 nautical miles from here in York, Maine. About five years ago, we moved north from Scituate, where we are still life members of the Satuit Boat Club, and where there is usually a copy of Points East. Looks like whoever snapped the shot might be headed to P-town.

The harbor has many amenities, from transient moorings and great restaurants, to a movie theater and markets. Plus, there’s a very friendly local boating community.

Bill and Susanne Woomer
York, Maine

Looks like Mattapoisett to readers

Looks like Mattapoiset to me. Neds Point Light is on the right. Lovely little harbor! Our catboat, Bob Yorke, is moored in Marion, but we sailed out of Mattapoisett for several years. I never know the harbors you show, but thought I had this one – looks just like it. Oh well, I enjoy your magazine. Thanks for all you do.

Peter Bradford
Middleboro, Mass.

Thanks Peter. This was a hard one, and you weren’t alone in thinking the Mystery Harbor might be Mattapoisett.

No, but it’s nice hearing from you

I believe the Mystery Harbor to be an inflatable Avon dinghy being towed by a sailboat. Did I win?

Chris Gallagher
Arlington, Va.


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