A wood carving and steering wheel from the steamship Mayflower of the former Nantasket Beach Steamship Co. will be on display soon at an as-yet-undetermined location.
The Mayflower, an excursion side-wheel steamer, operated hourly service between Nantasket Beach and Boston in the early 1900s for 25 cents, according to Hingham Historical Society records. A 1929 photograph of the Mayflower is part of the society’s collection.
These items, which the town will purchase from a Hull family with $7,000 in remaining 375th anniversary celebration funds and with the Board of Selectmen’s approval this week, are “one of a kind,” according to Selectman John Reilly.
“They were on display in the 1970s in the former aquarium building, and they are in perfect condition,” he said.
In other business at Wednesday’s board meeting, Director of Veterans Services Paul Sordillo made three requests for street dedications in honor of Hull veterans for Memorial Day this year. The board granted unanimous approval.
While there will be no parade next month (and likely no in-person cemetery ceremony) due to the pandemic, the street dedications are expected to be in person, with social distancing in place, because they are usually attended by much smaller gatherings than the parade attracts.
“Live dedications are especially meaningful to the veterans’ families,” Town Manager Philip Lemnios said.
The three requests for street dedications are in honor of Jews from Hull who served their country in war; John Vafides, who was a POW during World War II; and Army veteran Laurence Notarangelo.
Reilly also requested a street dedication (location not specified) in honor of late Hull resident Bill Mitchell. That request is pending but is expected to be approved.
The locations for the dedication signs are: at the corner of Nantasket Avenue and Hadassah Way to honor Hull’s Jewish war veterans; at the corner of State Park Road for Notarangelo; and at the corner of Park Avenue and Shore Garden Road for Vafides.
After the open meeting concluded, the board went into executive session to discuss strategy with respect to litigation and to consider the purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property. Possible subjects listed on the agenda were Latitude 42 Therapeutics, which is proposing to repurpose the former aquarium building at 120 Nantasket Ave. into a medical marijuana dispensary and cultivation and research facility, and the Hull Redevelopment Authority property.