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Coast Guard Installs LED Lights at Great Captain’s Island

The flashing green light inside the lighthouse on Great Captain’s Island was installed in the cupola in 2012. “That’s a channel marker you’d normally find on a buoy. It’s a channel marker inside a lighthouse!” – Ian MacMillan, Greenwich Harbor Master Continue Reading →

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GFP Year in Review: Top Beach & Boat Stories from 2018

In 2018 the Harbor Master shared stories of hazards to navigation and the demise of the Showboat. In October a sudden storm coincided with high tide and the town closed Greenwich Point. In June the Greenwich Pool at Byram Park opened with fanfare. In August the Town celebrated 100 years of ownership of Island Beach. Continue Reading →

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Future of “The Showboat” Not Looking So Good

On Wednesday crane operators on a cargo ship outside Greenwich Harbor attempted to lift the paddle wheel steam boat known as the Showboat or Mark Twain, which originally built as an amusement park ride. The boat had been sold to someone in Korea who wanted to use it for a restaurant. Continue Reading →

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Harbormaster to Mariners: Prepare Your Vessels, Atlantic Hurricane Season is upon Us

Remove all anchors from the bow of your boat. Anchors, especially plow anchors, can act like knives in rough seas and cut mooring bridles. Any boats left unattended on moorings for extended periods of time should follow this procedure as a standard practice. Inspect chocks and cleats. On a dock or slip: Extra lines, extra fenders and keep the lines from being too tight. Be sure to have fenders between your boat and your neighbor’s boat as well as the dock. Don’t wait until the day of a storm to prepare for the event. Conditions may prevent launch and tender services from operating at certain times. Continue Reading →

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Harbor Master: Restore the “Hurricane Hole” in the Greenwich Harbor

Greenwich Harbor, especially the northern most area, near exit 3 I-95, is recognized as a harbor of refuge by an act of Congress in 1948. The Harbor Management Commission should not prevent the full restoration of Greenwich Harbor to current Army Corps of Engineers specifications by dredge or they will be in noncompliance with the policies of the State of Connecticut and Congress. – Ian MacMillan, Greenwich Harbor Master Continue Reading →

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DEEP Okays Greenwich’s Harbor Management Plan; MacMillan: My priorities remain the same

” I’ll continue to meet my duties under CT state law and federal law, including offer serene and harmonious harbors to all mariners, to station all vessels seaward of the high water mark in Greenwich and offer safe harbors to all who require them.” – Ian MacMillan, Greenwich Harbor Master Continue Reading →

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