Due to cleanup work needed on our buildings and boats from the blizzard, the CRASH Bobs scheduled for Saturday, January 31 are cancelled for this year.

But stay in shape because Snow Row Weekend is just 5 weeks away ~ March 6 & 7. We'll see you there!

Hull Lifesaving Museum, the museum of Boston Harbor Heritage, preserves the region's lifesaving heritage and the maritime traditions of coastal seamanship through experiential and interpretive education programs that instill these values in new generations.


The Hull Lifesaving Museum (HLM) is housed in the former Point Allerton Lifesaving Station opened in 1889 under the leadership of Joshua James who with his crews of Massachusetts Humane Society and US Life Saving Service crews is estimated to have saved over 540 lives. In 1915 the US Life Saving Service and the Revenue Cutter Service were merged to form the US Coast Guard. Joshua James is considered a "father" of the US Coast Guard.



The Museum
The permanent exhibit at the Hull Lifesaving Museum narrates the many miraculous rescues by Joshua James' crews of sailors wrecked on the shallow shores of Nantasket bay at the entrance to Boston Harbor during the latter part of the 19th century. Highlights are the original rescue surfboat "Nantasket", and Breeches Buoy apparatus (a modern version would be today's zip lines), deployed to haul sailors to land from ships wrecked within reach of shore. The rescues and recue teams are powerfully documented through a rich collection of original contemporary photographs. The Museum collection includes over 5,000 artifacts including a 1903 Fresnel lens, shipwreck fragments, aids to navigation and historical charts.

An active calendar of lectures and visiting exhibits covers a broad range of topics related to the marine heritage of the New England coast.

Open Water Rowing
With a fleet of 23 boats HLM provides a robust schedule of coastal rowing programs in Boston Harbor and Hull, serving a growing following of adult members and youth groups. Participants row in crews of coxed sixes or fours in traditional boats that are designed for sea conditions. Open Water Rowing is easier to learn than flat-water rowing, due to the stability and robustness of coastal rowing craft in contrast to the Olympic-style "crew" boats. The attractions of Boston Harbor and its islands are the reward for those crews who take the time to venture beyond the immediate environs of Hull and Boston Harbors. Open water rowing (aka Coastal Rowing) is a rapidly growing sport around the world and HLM offers a growing calendar of annual races that attract crews from all points in New England.


1. Point Allerton Station in Hull, MA serves as the headquarters of the organization.

2. Windmill Point Boathouse in Hull, MA is the base of HLM's South Shore Maritime program.

3. Boston Rowing Center is located at Fort Point Channel in the heart of Boston's Financial District, housing HLM's city fleet.

Snow Row Weekend

The Hull Lifesaving Museum's signature rowing-race, The Snow Row, is running for the 37th year on March 7, at the very tip of Hull's peninsula at the museum's Windmill Point Boathouse. But, hold on, the fun begins the night before, on Friday March 6, with the 5th annual Snow Ball - the most informal "ball" anyone will attend this year!









Hull Lifesaving Museum is so much more than a museum. It's an essential part of the community, providing not only crucial lessons from our heritage, but life changing, and life saving, experiences.


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