Historic Chelsea Creek map

In the wee hours of May 27, 1775, more than a month after the Battle of Lexington and Concord, about 300 men led by Colonel John Stark descended Winter Hill (Somerville) and crossed over the Mystic River Bridge. Local men joined Stark’s regiment as they marched around Chelsea Creek through Malden and east to ford the Belle Isle Creek at low tide to Hog Island. Stark’s orders were to remove the livestock from Noddles, Hog, and Snake Islands as well as from the Chelsea Shore. 

In response the British schooner Diana sailed up Chelsea Creek to cut off the colonists’ escape. Perhaps 400 marines were landed and systematically drove Stark’s men east. The colonists “squatted down in a ditch on the marsh” and engaged in “a hot fire” until the Regulars retreated. Hundreds of cattle, sheep, and horses were brought into the mainland.  General Putnam on the Chelsea shore with maybe 1000 men attacked the Diana at the mouth of Chelsea Creek where today stands the McArdle bridge. Supported by two field pieces, the Diana was taken and destroyed.  
Modern day Chelsea Creek (Boston)
Salt marsh to be located on East Boston side of Chelsea Creek
Chelsea Creek could be a model for healthy urban coastal ecosystems. Instead it is lined with oil tanks and salt piles. There is no reason why local industry and thriving coastal ecosystems can't co-exist. For more than two decades people of East Boston and the Chelsea Creek Action Group have called for the 7-acre former Hess Oil Terminal lot to be turned into a salt marsh. A Boston Globe editorial called for putting up a factory instead, denying locals their opportunity to have a salt marsh.
East Boston citizens are fed up with oil tanks and over-sized salt piles littering their shore.  With a salt marsh, Chelsea Creek will become a healthier ecosystem.  Local industry and thriving ecosystem can co-exist.  The better the environment is the better the economy will be. And you can assist Chelsea Creek Action Group by writing in support of this salt marsh. 

Where once the echo of American field artillery was first heard, today let’s hear the whistle of shorebirds.
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