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Aug 28, 2012 05:21 PM

Old waterfront restaurant with a ship as a bar/lounge?

I am trying to find the name of a restaurant at Boston's Warf from the 1980's (at least - probably earlier) when I lived there.

It was right on the water and had a "dry docked" ferry/boat attached that they used as a bar or lounge while you waited for the loudspeaker to call your name that a table was ready. There's a pretty good chance it's gone by now with all of that they have done in the region.

It could have been Anthony's Pier 4 or Jimmy's Harborside or some other establishment. It had been there for a long time and was similar in style with the large dining room, old, fisherman decor (lots of spoked sailing wheels) with traditional seafood cuisine (fried food and tartar sauce). It was not trendy in the least bit but my parents, products of the 50's would have thought it was "famous" and high end.

The images I can view online do not show a ship that appeared to be in the water, next to the dock but definitely did not move or float.

Ring any bells?

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  1. I'm thinking Pier 4, but I remember a bar inside the restaurant, not in an outside unmoving boat, that looked like that. My dad took me there in the late 70's when he was here on business and I was in college. Since I never went to Locke-Ober, it was the very famous and the only high end place back then.

    1. I am pretty sure what you recall was Anthony's Pier 4. There was an inside bar but also an attached, unmoving "boat bar" where most people waited for tables.

      The attached boat bar sank in the blizzard of 1978.

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      1. re: C. Hamster

        I'm pretty sure you're right.

        A few friends were older divers and "rescued" the wine collection but I think the barge is still down or was salvaged in pieces and no longer exists in it's former condition.

        eta..the boat was the "Peter Stuyvesant"..

        1. re: C. Hamster

          oh, I missed the blizzard of 1978 by a year, leaving in 1977, and I also missed waiting on that boat bar. What a great story and photos.

        2. Your memories are good. Attached is a photo of the boat sinking next to Pier 4 in the Blizzard of '78.

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          1. re: wandergirl

            Wow! How amazing are you???? Photo and everything!!!

            Not only did you find a photo, you changed my reality of the memory. I had remembered going there with my folks when I went to college but I did not arrive in Boston until 1979. This event must have occurred when my brother went to BU 7 years earlier. Hmmmm, time warp.

            So I should share that my mother (who recently passed) walked around that lounge, way back when, while we were waiting for a table. She kept saying the ship looked very familiar. She finally figured out that it was the boat that took her whole family to summer camp up the Hudson River in the mid 1930's. According to the glories of the Internet search, which states this shp was a charter for the Hudson, she may very well have been correct.

            Thank you so much for your help!!! You have made a group of octogenarians very happy!!!!

            1. re: MSK

              That's quite a story and photo, thank you both!

          2. Jimmy's main bar inside was designed to look like a boat - but not an actual boat I don't think.

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            1. re: LStaff

              The bar at Jimmy's was not a boat.

              1. re: libertywharf

                It may not have been literally a boat but it was shapped like a boat; even with a ship's bell.

              2. re: LStaff

                Found a small pic of the non-boat

                1. re: LStaff

                  Sorry to dispute you but the previous responders were correct in locating both the restaurant and the ship I was looking for.

                  My research since has uncovered that it was indeed the SS Peter Stuyvesant that was originally a ferry up the Hudson River and ended it's life at Pier 4 in the Boston (see corrected link above). The interior may have had a boat theme as well but it was definitely a dry docked ship.

                  Lawsuits even ensued after its demise due to its sinking in the Bay:
                  " On February 6 and 7, 1978, the "Great Blizzard of 1978" swept through Boston. [Note 2] High winds and flood tides in Boston Harbor caused the S.S. Peter Stuyvesant to rise off an underwater cradle, break loose from its mooring, and capsize, resulting in a total loss of the ship. In this case, we consider whether the owner of the ship, Anthony's Pier Four, Inc., may maintain its action against the designers of the mooring system for breach of express warranty."

                  1. re: MSK

                    Msk: no one is disputing that there was a boat next to pier 4. Jimmy's and pier 4 were two separate places. No part of Jimmy's harborside consisted of a boat.

                2. The old tv series Banacek with George Pepard filmed a few episodes from it. Once in a while the episode pops up.