Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Barge Launched

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350-Ton Barge Makes a Splash in Quincy Shipyard

for Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

Boston, Massachusetts… November 17, 2011: A momentous milestone for the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum took place when a vital section of the Museum launched into the Fore River in Quincy, Massachusetts. The Barge, which will hold the majority of the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum afloat as well as dock three tall ships, is now safely in the water and ready to begin another phase of the Museum’s construction.

The launching of the barge was an unusual transition from land to sea and an engineering marvel utilizing a technique that had never been done before in the United States. The 350 ton, 200 foot barge was moved toward the edge of the water by two bulldozers and cranes, then set on a teeter-totter platform. At high tide the barge would tip and slide into the water, eventually fully setting out into the Fore River.

Shawn P. Ford, Executive Director of the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, was at the launch and explained the importance of this project to the Museum. “The barge will soon be brought by tugboat into Boston Harbor to be anchored next to the Museum pier on the Fort Point Channel.  The barge will be the center of the museum experience.”  Ford added, “We are another step closer to the opening of the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum which will take place on June 25, 2012.”  The museum experience features state of the art technology and the original Robinson Tea Chest that was thrown into the Boston Harbor on December 16, 1773. Guests of the museum will have the opportunity to throw a tea chest over the sides of the Beaver, the Eleanor, and the Dartmouth, replicas of the original ships.

The Barge will enhance the Museum experience by rising and falling with the tides. It will include interactive tours, actors dressed in period clothing, state of the art exhibits and living history programs that allow anyone at any age the chance to recreate the history of 1773.

About The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum is dedicated to accurately portraying the historic night of December 16, 1773, in Boston Harbor that was the catalyst to the American Revolution. Established in 1973, the museum is owned by Historic Tours of America which is restoring and expanding the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum to open in June 2012. The new museum and the three ships involved, the Dartmouth, the Beaver, and the Eleanor, will allow visitors to travel back in time to learn about the courageous acts of those who forever changed our history.

The 200-foot, 350-ton barge launch for the new Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum made a splashing entrance into the Fore River, from the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, Massachusetts. The launch was an engineering marvel utilizing a technique that had never been done before in the United States. The barge was moved toward the edge of the water by two bulldozers and cranes, then set on a teeter-totter platform. At high tide the barge would tip and slide into the water, eventually fully setting out into the Fore River. In a few weeks the barge will be moved into Boston Harbor and towed to the construction sight of the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum on the Fort Point Channel. The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum is set to open June 25, 2012.

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