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Charles River Basin

Single scullers watched the finish of the varsity race in the Compton Cup regatta on the Charles River on May 3, 1941. The Harvard Crimson shell (left) was victorious, the Princeton boat (center) finished second, and MIT (right) finished third. Named for the late Dr. Karl T. Compton, former president of MIT., the regatta began in 1933.

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Single scullers watched the finish of the varsity race in the Compton Cup regatta on the Charles River on May 3, 1941. The Harvard Crimson shell (left) was victorious, the Princeton boat (center) finished second, and MIT (right) finished third. Named for the late Dr. Karl T. Compton, former president of MIT., the regatta began in 1933.

The completion of the Charles River Dam Bridge on June 30, 1910, created the Charles River Basin and gave Boston the water park that is now integral to our urban experience.

What had been a tidal estuary at the end of the 80-mile river now shelters rowing and yacht clubs, one of the world’s largest public sailing programs, and the barge from which Boston’s iconic Fourth of July fireworks are launched.

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