Historic Peace Sailboat “Golden Rule” to Visit Boston

(Boston) June 18 – The 39-foot sailboat Golden Rule is sailing the coast of New England during June to alert us to the need for a world without nuclear weapons. 


June 18-20


Fan Pier, “Christopher Columbus Park”, and more

In 1958, an intrepid crew of Quaker peace activists sailed the Golden Rule to the South Pacific, to try to “get in the way” of massive nuclear tests the U.S. was planning there. They were arrested in Honolulu, but they left a lasting legacy.

Now, a new crew from Veterans for Peace is using this historic ship to campaign against the madness of nuclear weapons.  They will be in Boston June 18-21 and local peace supporters will welcome them with a series of public events.

Schedule of Events

Sunday, June 18

10:45 am – Quaker Witness at Raytheon, 10 Moulton St, Cambridge.

12 noon – Greet the Golden Rule on arrival, Fan Pier Marina, Peace Procession with Brass Band along Waterfront.

2:00 pm – Father’s Day for Peace, “Christopher Columbus Park” (despite the association of that name with a brutal colonial history), Proclamation, Speakers. Music by singer/songwriters Ben Grosscup and Pat Scanlon.

Monday, June 19

11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Public invited to tour the boat and meet the crew – Fan Pier Marina.

5:30 pm Reception to Welcome the Golden Rule to Boston, dinner provided.

7:00 Program – Screening of the “Making Waves” Documentary, Presentations by crew, and music by Dean Stevens   Community Church of Boston,  565 Boylston St., Copley Square 02116 or by Zoom.

Tuesday, June 20

11:00 am – “Boston Public Radio” interview – Boston Public Library, Copley Sq.

2:00 pm – Nuclear Disarmament rally and outreach, 2pm, State House steps/ Boston Common.  Sen. Jamie Eldridge, nuclear disarmament advocates, Golden Rule project members;  Music by Toussaint the Liberator and Voices of Hope.

4:00 pm – Students at Boston’s Bridge to Excellence will present a Certificate of Bravery to the 5-member crew of the Golden Rule during their after school program, Mildred School, 5 Mildred Ave, Mattapan 02126.

Background info:

Welcoming Resolution.

Golden Rule project website

See more Golden Rule events in Connecticut and Rhode IslandNew Bedford, and Plymouth.

Sponsors of the Golden Rule’s Boston visit include Massachusetts Peace Action, Veterans for Peace / Smedley Butler Brigade, Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries, Unitarian Universalist Association, Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility, Friends Meeting at Cambridge, Medicare for All South Shore, KIT Inc. Fathers for Peace, Pax Christi Massachusetts