Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marine Affairs


Few in Massachusetts, or even in the metropolitan Boston area, however, understand their Port's past, and few still appreciate its present contributions and sympathize with its struggles and problematic future. Whatever its past fame or present indignities, the excitement of a vibrant, profitable waterfront does not enter into the advocacy and implementation of harbor recreational and residential development plans, with or without commercial activities. This near dismissal of the Seaport's present and potential value in certain circles, only presents another dilemma to those attempting to cope with this veritable maritime bag of worms. But despite all these obstacles, the Port may possibly for the first time in many years, face the opportunity of resusitation.