Dramatically situated at the mouth of Boston Harbor, with breathtaking views of Boston Light and the Graves Lighthouse, the museum is located in the restored 19th century Point Allerton US Lifesaving Station, home of Joshua James and his crews, the most celebrated lifesavers in the world.


Nantasket Beach Lecture Series is co-presented monthly by the Hull Lifesaving Museum, the Friends of the Hull Public Library, and the Department of Conservation and Recreation.


Author Matthew Lawrence, Exploring the Shipwrecks of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Thursday, October 22, 2015, 7 pm
Nantasket Beach Resort, 45 Hull Shore Drive, Hull
Free, Donations Welcome

Stellwagen Bank Sanctuary encompasses historic shipping routes and fishing grounds used for the past 400 years. During that time, New England's stormy weather and the density of traffic passing between Cape Cod and Cape Ann have led to hundreds of shipwrecks. Sanctuary research has begun to tell these stories through archaeological investigation. Join sanctuary archaeologist Matthew Lawrence as he peers into the past with stories of these shipwrecks, historic photographs, and underwater video that will let you virtually "walk their decks." Signed copies of the recently published "Shipwrecks of Stellwagen Bank: ;Disaster in New England''s National Marine Sanctuary" will be available to purchase from the author.

Matthew Lawrence is a maritime archaeologist working for the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary headquartered in Scituate, Massachusetts.

Author Michael Tougias, The Finest Hours

Thursday, November 12, 2015, 7 pm
Nantasket Beach Resort, 45 Hull Shore Drive, Hull
Free, Donations Welcome

On February 18, 1952 an astonishing maritime event began when a ferocious nor-easter split in half a 500-foot long oil tanker, the Pendleton, approximately one mile off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Incredibly, just twenty miles away, a second oil tanker, the Fort Mercer, also split in half. On both fractured tankers men were trapped on the severed bows and sterns, and all four sections were sinking in 60-foot seas. Thus began a life and death drama of survival, heroism, and a series of tragic mistakes. Of the 84 seamen aboard the tankers, 70 would be rescued and 14 would lose their lives. Tougias will describe the harrowing attempts to rescue the seamen, especially focusing on four young Coast Guardsmen who must overcome insurmountable odds to save the lives of 32 crewmen stranded aboard the stern of the Pendleton. Standing between the men and their mission were towering waves that reached 70 feet, blinding snow, and one of the mot dangerous shoals in the world, the dreaded Chatham Bar. This Disney movie based on the book, starring Chris Pine and Casey Affleck is set to be released in January of 2016.

Past Lectures:
Hull Beach Shipwreck Update with HLM Curator, Victoria Stevens

Renovation of Graves Light with Dave Waller

Minots Ledge Lighthouse with Victor Mastone

The Science of Storms with Rob Gilman

Sea Ice & Coast Guard Icebreaking, with LT Cynthia Travers, USCG

The Wreck of the Nancy with Victoria Stevens, HLM Curator

Boston Lighthouse with Keeper Sally Snowman


Summer Adventure Program

The Summer Adventure Program offers six weeks of discovery and exploration for children ages 5-9.  Summer Adventure meets Tuesday-Thursday from 9:30-12:30, with a different theme each week.  *Registration for Pond Yacht Racers is $110 members, $130 nonmembers (due to a higher material cost).  Registration for all other weeks is $100 members, $120 nonmembers (scholarships and 10% discounts for siblings and active military families available).  For information, please contact Victoria Stevens at 781-925-5433 or email

2015 Summer Adventure Registration Packet
Emergency Contact Form

Holidays and Workshops

There are no Workshops scheduled at this time.


Point Allerton US Lifesaving Station Interactive Tours

Point Allerton U.S. Lifesaving Station, constructed in 1889, was home to Captain Joshua James and his crew, America's greatest lifesavers, renowned for saving hundreds of shipwrecked mariners from peril in Boston Harbor.

The tour begins with a brief history of organized lifesaving, emphasizing the contributions of volunteer lifesavers, continues on to the Galley where children learn about daily life at the station, then, on to the Boat Room to see the treasure of the museum collection - the storied surfboat Nantasket. Children will have the chance to view first-hand the lifesavers' surfboat and rescue equipment, while hearing true tales of amazing courage and heroic rescues. The fun culminates in the museum's loft where children of all ages enjoy "setting sail" on the climb-on boat, dressing up in period clothes, learning to tie a new knot, and standing watch in the museum cupola, with stunning views of Boston Light, Boston Harbor, and Fort Revere Park.

The Breeches Buoy

The Breeches Buoy rescue allowed lifesaving crews to carry shipwreck survivors safely to shore. A line firing gun sent a lifeline to the wrecked ship. Through this ingenious system lifesaving crews were able to send the breeches buoy to the ship. On shore, the lifesavers worked as a crew to haul the "whip line," pulling the breeches buoy along the hawser, and the survivors, one by one, over the water to safety. Children's groups can participate in breeches buoy reenactments from May through September, with children playing the roles of lifesaving crew and shipwreck survivors.

Children's Guided Tour Fee

Tour: $5/child. Teachers and 1 chaperone per 8 children are admitted free.

Tour with Breeches Buoy drill: $6/child

Please contact Victoria Stevens to inquire about additional hands-on activities for children's tours, including:

Simple Machines at Sea: Learn about simple machines (levers, wheels, pulleys) used in lifesaving, and experiment with our Lego Education Simple Machine Kits.

Why Do Boats Float?: Learn about concepts such as buoyancy, displacement and boat design through fun water activities.



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