steps leading to the water
Geoff Rand
This small stone jetty helps protect the marine railway at the Quissett Harbor Boat Yard.

As a sheltered mainland harbor on the east side of Buzzards Bay, Quissett makes an intriguing alternative to Red Brook. The quirky entrance, close rocky shores and lack of services also give Quissett a character something like the more celebrated Hadley Harbor, across Woods Hole.

The narrow fishhook channel and relatively small harbor enclosed must have discouraged the growth of any significant marine industry here. It's one of the few protected and navigable coves in Massachusetts without an associated town.

This legacy of slow development, punctuated by a significant grant of open space, leaves Quissett's waterfront pleasantly sparse and unhurried.

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