Hey, Fire Boat Captain, Ovah Heah!

It’s a little hot in Boston right now. We took the whole fam out to watch the USS Constitution make its yearly trip into the harbor, where it was met at Castle Island with a 21-gun salute, and returned the greeting. As always, preceding and following the Constitution are two fire boats, spraying red, white and blue water into the air. Needless to say, everyone on Castle Island was wishing the boats would get just a leeetle closer.

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I may have gotten a little carried away with the water photos. But seriously. I’m ovah heah.

Boston Harborfest 2012

I’ve seen it called Harborfest, Fleet Week, Navy Week and a couple other things, but whatever you call it, it’s a bunch of ships from lots of countries hanging out in Boston Harbor for a few days, and the sailors/midshipmen/whatever, running around town. Here are some photos from Saturday’s arrival of the Tall Ships (aka Pirate Ships, according to many small children).

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Each ship that came in gave Boston a 21-gun salute, which was reciprocated with cannons.

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A Mass state police officer taking photos of the ships

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… and texting them to loved ones.

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The Boston Fire Department’s water craft greeted the ships. This boat was apparently donated to the city by Dennis Leary.

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The Ecuadorian sailors enjoying the view.

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A few sails were down on the American ship, Eagle.

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Sailors/midshipmen/whatever on the Colombian ship wore T-shirts that coordinated with the Colombian flag. The ones on top wore yellow, in the middle, blue, and on the bottom, red.