Oh Buoy! New feature reflects Boston’s maritime past

The buoy
The buoy

Boston’s maritime heritage will be marked with a two-tonne former Wash navigation buoy on Custom House Quay.

The borough council has got permission from the Environment Agency to install the buoy as well as a former dinghy filled with soil, sand and pebbles for coastal loving plants and grasses and a ship’s mast on the quayside.

The former Trinity House buoy dates back to the 1950s and was used in The Wash, within the Port of Boston’s jurisdiction waters.

Its last position was to mark the deep-water Parlour Channel which was used by commercial shipping up until the 1980s and more recently by fishing and leisure craft.

The buoy has been made available at a substantial discount by Richard Walker, Harbour Master at the Port of Boston, who has also had it repainted in its traditional Trinity House colours.

Funding for the navigation buoy is to be provided by Boston BID.

It is expected to be craned into place this autumn.