Beverly's harborfront has a rich and varied history. Originally settled in 1626, Beverly began as a fishing, farming and trading community. Beverly became the birthplace of the American Navy when the schooner "Hannah" was commissioned and outfitted here by order of George Washington as the first Warship of the Continental Navy. On September 5, 1775, the "Hannah" sailed from Glover Wharf in Beverly, now called Glover Wharf Municipal Marina.
The Ferryway Landing is the oldest common landing place in the United States still in use today. Beverly Harbor continues to be alive with diverse activities. Commercial fishing still plays an important role in the harbor. Nearly 1,000 recreational boaters enjoy Beverly as their hailing port. Beverly Harbor offers a variety of services, as well as, pump-out facilities, transient moorings, rental slips, fuel, haul out and various marine services.
The Beverly Harbormaster's Department oversees 12.5 miles of coastline, including waters in the Danvers and Bass Rivers, as well as the water surrounding Misery, Little Misery, and Bakers Islands. The Harbormaster handles all permits for vessels moored in City waters, tied at slips or seasonally rack stored on waterfront property with launching capacity.
Moorings - All boats moored in city waters tied at slips or seasonally rack stored on waterfront property with launching capacity shall be assessed an annual fee at a rate of five dollars and fifty cents ($5.50) per foot of length. All boat tenders or dinghies belonging to or attached to another fee paying boat shall be exempt.
Beverly offers four (4) moorings in the inner harbor off of the Old Ferryway Public Landing, as well as eight (8) moorings in the coves of Misery and Little Misery Islands.