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 Stephen Kurkjian, Master Thieves

Thursday, August 13, 2015, 7 pm
Nantasket Beach Resort, 45 Hull Shore Drive, Hull
Free, Donations Welcome

It is a case defined by superlatives - the largest art theft in history, carrying the world's largest reward offer, longer on the FBI's list of biggest unsolved art crimes than any other save one. Two men disguised as Boston Police officers trick their way into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum after midnight, tie up the two night watchmen and make off with an estimated half billion dollars worth of artwork including three works by Rembrandt and a Vermeer masterpiece.

Now 25 years after the theft, Stephen Kurkjian who was the principal reporter on the case for The Boston Globe for years, has written a gripping account of the still-unsolved heist of a quarter century ago. In MASTER THIEVES Kurkjian reveals how the two criminal gangs battling for control of the Boston underworld knew of the museum's poor security and that one had a motive to pull off the theft - to fashion an exchange that would result in the release of its leader from federal prison.

Stephen Kurkjian, a forty-year veteran of The Boston Globe, has won more than twenty-five national and regional awards, including the Pulitzer Prize on three occasions. He is a graduate of Suffolk Law School and lives in Boston.

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

Boston Light - Meet the Keepers!
Point Allerton Station
1117 Nantasket Ave., Hull, MA
Wednesday, July 29, or August 29
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Got questions about America's most historic lighthouse? Want to know more about the history of the lighthouse? The recent restoration work? Now is your chance to ask!

Bring-your-own-picnic dinner, and join us to spend an evening with Keeper Sally Snowman and some of the USCG Auxiliary Keepers of Boston Light. As the sun sets, Sally and the Auxiliary staff will share a tradition from Little Brewster Island, drumming down the sun.


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

April Vacation LEGO Club
Technic Construction Crew

Tuesday, April 21 - Friday, April 24, 2015, 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Point Allerton Station
1117 Nantasket Ave., Hull, MA
Ages 7 - 11
$140 members; $150 nonmembers
Preregistration is required.
Our April School Vacation Club theme is inspired by the Stony Beach Seawall project. While watching the heavy machinery moving boulders across the street, we will be building the Lego Technic Construction Crew set which includes an excavator, loader, and dump truck, all with working parts. We will also learn about the science of sea walls.



Children should bring a peanut-free lunch, please.

For more information, or to register, please call 781-925-5433 or email


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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