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Posted by Jim Botticelli  October 10, 2013 05:40 PM

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Mariners House in the North End, 1962
Photo submitted by Paul Duca from Flickr

"Someday my boat will come in, and with my luck I'll be at the airport." ... Graffito

When the ships come into Boston, there is a place where the Mariners are always welcome. Located in the North End, it is called The Seaman's House. It was and still is a place where a sea-farer can get an inexpensive short-term room as long as s/he can prove active membership in the Merchant Marines. Built in 1847, the four-story Greek Revival structure boasts 40 rooms. Most recently available information places the cost of a room at $65 nightly with a maximum stay of 13 nights. In 1999 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
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An excerpt from an 1850 summary of the house: "This is a noble edifice of 4 stories, erected by the Boston Port Society, and leased to the Seamans' Aid Society. It contains 40 rooms over the basement story. The building is 40 feet square, with a wing extending 70 feet of three stories. In the basement is a storage room for seamens' luggage, kitchen, laundry and bathing room. In the wing is a spacious dining hall for seating a hundred persons. It has a chapel for morning and evening services where social, religious meetings are held every Wednesday evening under the care of Rev. E. T. Taylor, a reading and news room, with a good library to which accessions are daily making, and a store for the sale of sailors' clothing. The building and land cost about $38,000, and it has been furnished at a cost of about $21,000, by the generous contributions of the Unitarian Churches of Boston and vicinity. A good supply of water is on the estate, and two force pumps supply each of the stories with hot or cold water, as required."

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Jim Botticelli, a 1976 Northeastern University graduate, is a retired Boston Public Schools teacher. In college, he drove a cab and learned the city's cow paths. An avid collector of More »

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