Kenneth R. Corson III
How To Reach Us:
Please call 781-741-1450, leave a message and someone will get back to you or you can e-mail us by clicking on Contact Us and choosing Harbormaster.
In an emergency dial 781-749-1212 or dial 911 and ask for Hingham Police. We can also be reached on VHF Channel 16.
210 Central Street
Hingham, MA 02043
News and AnnouncementsVessel Applications
To renew or apply for a permit visit the Permits/Fees page.
All boats on a mooring or in a slip must display a boat mooring/docking permit Section 4A Town Mooring Regulations. Failure to display a permit is a $50.00/day violation.
Advisory Budget Presentation:
Read the FY2014 Budget Presentation to the Advisory Committee from January 22, 2013
Saltwater Fishing Permit
In order to fish recreationally for finfish in Massachusetts marine waters, including up to the first dam in rivers and streams that flow to the ocean you are required to have a saltwater fishing permit.
For more information please see the Division of Marine Fisheries.
To provide feedback: Complete the Contact Form and select Harbormaster.
2013 Annual Report
The 2013 boating season was hot and sunny allowing thousands of boaters to enjoy the many boating events Hingham offers such as Touch-A-Boat, Hingham Bay Junior Regatta, or Yoga at the Iron Horse. Many others enjoyed paddling along the coast, water-skiing in one of the two designated water ski areas or renting a mooring in Worlds End or the Inner Harbor to visit the downtown.
The Harbormaster Department responded to over 600 calls for service averaging seven calls per day during the boating season July-October. In late July, a twenty-one year old male was arrested for boating under the influence of alcohol. Several weeks later there were two serious boating accidents involving personal injury. These unfortunate events bring a realization of the dangers that all boaters assume when leaving the safety of land.
The below picture was taken on May 25, 2013 during Touch-A-Boat organized by Friends of Hingham Harbor. In addition to Hingham's boats the State Police and Sea-Tow also joined in on the fun. It was a cool windy day however people arrived by the dozen to see the boats and participate in the many land activities. The State Police also brought their dive unit vehicle which was very popular.
Our pump-out program is a service desired by the boating public. This was our first full season with the pump-out land based station in operation. It pumped over 20,000 gallons of raw sewage from the boats in Hingham. The station is operational daily from sunrise to sunset free of charge. Instructions are on the cover. Our pump-out boat was not operational for the month of August because of a leaking fuel tank. The boat returned to service just in time for Labor Day.
Boston and communities south received a grant for new VHF radios with private and encrypted frequencies. These allow local harbormasters to communicate with one another during rescues and other emergencies. The radios have proven to be very useful and free of traffic when a situation arises. Commuter boats and other private commercial salvage companies have access to one of these frequencies enabling them to have priority communication with Harbormasters in joint rescue effort or if a situation arises on their boat.
This November the Harbor Express, a commuter boat that ran from Quincy to Boston, was permanently relocated to the Hingham Shipyard. This was in response to an infrastructure issues in Quincy. There are roughly nine more commuter boat trips in and out of Hingham waters daily.
The Harbormaster's office was restructured this year. The Deputy Harbormaster position was eliminated and a new clerk position was created. This will allow the Harbormaster to be on the water more and have office support throughout the year. Even though the boating season runs from May through October, this office is very busy year round. The fall is busy with closing the harbor and starting the mooring permit renewal process. Shortly after the New Year the spring rolls in, hundreds of high school rowers and sailors take to the water, mooring permits are mailed, boats are launched, and once again a new boating season is under way.
Over 1400 mooring/docking permits were issued this year through the Online Mooring program. Applicants for wait list, mooring/docking permits and mooring rentals have the benefit of an online mooring management service to submit applications, pay their fee via PayPal, and monitor their position on the wait list.
Your Harbormaster and Assistant Harbormasters are honored to be the waterfront representatives of Hingham. Our commitment to people's safety and enjoyment of Hingham's waters is foremost. We are always open to questions and suggestions. We can be emailed at email@example.com. If you have an emergency dial 911, if you need immediate assistance please call public safety dispatch at 781-749-1212, otherwise our business line, 781-741-1450.
Kenneth R. Corson III
Custodian of the Islands