About Us

Our founder Matthew “Matty” Hughes loved boats and the sea. If he didn’t have salt water in his veins, it was definitely on his mind. Today his legacy lives on at the nation’s largest private operator of passenger vessels—Boston Harbor Cruises (BHC).

A Family Tradition Since 1926

A Family Tradition Since 1926

In the 1920s, Matty Hughes, ever the entrepreneur, saw a golden opportunity on the sparkling waters of the Charles River and Boston Harbor. He started offering 30-minute river cruises for 10 cents, then shorty expanded operations by helping locals escape the summer heat with regular service to the Harbor Islands.

BHC now offers over 500 trips per day in peak season, with 48 vessels and over 250 year-round employees, plus a seasonal workforce topping 600. It is the largest maritime employer in the City of Boston and the largest private passenger vessel operator in the nation.

A Day on the Water at BHC

Whether you come for whale watching or people watching, our docks at Long Wharf are the place to be on a summer day.