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ings and behind the desk, I get to its current high of 60 vessels. The
What do you enjoy most and least spend less and less time out on the ? eet’s sizeable growth has been ac- about your job?
Most: Both at BHC and through boats and docks. I don’t often get to complished through the acquisition 1. In 1926, soon after becoming the youngest my active participation on numer- see our guests enjoying their cruises of other passenger vessel operations licensed captain in the history of the port of ous Boards and committees, I feel and I ? nd it harder to get to person- and assets, as well as the purchase
Boston, 16-year-old Matthew “Matty” Hughes that I can directly contribute to not ally know our ever-expanding crew. of pre-owned passenger vessels founded Boston Harbor Cruises (BHC). just my company but to our com- I understand that it’s a natural part from across the country. Through- munity itself. By activating and of a growing business, but I do miss out this process, BHC has returned 2. After the war, Matty expanded operations advocating for Boston Harbor, our the days where I could be more to our roots of when Matty convert- to include vessels inside Boston Harbor – $2
National Marine Sanctuary, State closely involved in the core of our ed U.S. military surplus vessel. We sightseeing tours running three times a day.
It was during this era that BHC became a true and National Park Areas and for purpose – creating memories with have become an industry leader in family-run enterprise with Matty’s daughters, the expansion of and use of water family, friends and colleagues on recognizing the economic value and
Rookie and Rita (second generation), coming transportation to mitigate grow- Boston Harbor. potential of available equipment on board.
ing population density, I am able to and repowering and refurbishing
Looking at the ? eet of boats, how contribute in a way that is making these vessels in-house to bring them 3. Since BHC is a family business with a 90- has it grown in recent years, do my community a better place to live back to life. year history, Alison has literally been with the you have any vessels on order?
work and play. BHC is only as suc- Today our diverse ? eet of 60 ves- company all of her life. As a young child, cessful as the health and vibrancy Our last new build vessel was sels encompasses a 240-ft. DP2 spending time with the family in season, meant spending time on Long Wharf at BHC, of the Massachusetts’ economy and in 2000, with the launch of our OSV, a 40-knot, 600-passenger high where she was given little jobs – like sweep- tourism industry. To work to im- Provincetown Fast Ferry Salacia, speed catamaran and a small ? eet of ing the docks or picking up trash – to keep prove our city and state has a direct a 600-passenger high speed cata- water taxi launches. To give an idea her busy and out of everyone’s way. impact on the future of BHC itself. maran at Gladding-Hearn Ship- of the scale the BHC ? eet, it en-
Least: As BHC has grown, I am building. Since that time, with the compasses 326 pieces of major ma- 4. (L to R): Patrick Nolan, Alison Nolan and more removed from the day-to-day company’s growth and expansion of chinery representing over 13 major
Mark Nolan operations and core business. With services, our ? eet has also needed manufactures. No other passenger 5. (L to R): Patrick Nolan, Chris Nolan, Alison more time needed off site in meet- to expand - more than doubling to vessel ? eet in the country rivals the
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