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Adventures at Sea

Bostonians in the Age of Sail

painting of old sailing ships in boston harbor

Tour Description

For Boston's first two hundred years, "a flown sheate, a faire winde, and a boune voyage" were wishes at the heart of the city's life and economy. Travel under sail was commonplace and central to the culture, across classes. Join us for ten memorable stories spanning that era, drawn from first-person accounts by Bostonians capturing the experience in letters, diaries, and memoirs.

Pirates, storms, sea battles, wanderlust, exotic lands, romance, and Revolutionary politics all come alive through the tales of these courageous individuals. More than good stories, though, these accounts walk through the dramatic development of the Town Cove and Boston's changing relationship with sea travel. In a broad stroke, they illustrate the influence of our port on the growth of the nation.

Private Tours

This tour can be scheduled as a private tour with advance notice. Call 617.367.2345 or use our private tour webform to learn more.

“We did 2 tours over 3 days, including the Freedom Trail. We were uncertain as the park service has a free tour but we decided to give it a shot with Boston By Foot. Glad we did because when you see the park service tour leave they have big groups like 20 - 30 people where as our group had 7 (5 was my family and 2 others) so you get to hear everything and ask questions.We also did Beacon Hill. Again a great tour!”
— Jackson, NJ