Chelsea Creek

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This article is about the creek in Massachusetts. For Chelsea Creek in London, England, see Counter's Creek.
Coordinates: 42°23′1″N 71°2′36″W / 42.38361°N 71.04333°W / 42.38361; -71.04333
Chelsea Creek
Federal Name: Chelsea River
ChelseaRiver.jpg
View across toward Chelsea from East Boston.
Country United States
State Massachusetts
Cities Chelsea, Revere, Boston
Source
 - location Revere, Massachusetts, United States
Mouth Mystic River
 - location Boston, Massachusetts, United States
 - elevation 0 ft (0 m)
 - coordinates 42°23′1″N 71°2′36″W / 42.38361°N 71.04333°W / 42.38361; -71.04333

Chelsea Creek, shown on federal maps as the Chelsea River,[1] is a 2.6-mile-long (4.2 km) waterway that runs along the shore of Chelsea, Massachusetts and separates that community from the cities of Boston and Revere as well as feeding part of the current Belle Isle Marsh Reservation that separates Boston from Revere. The creek starts as Mill Creek at a former pond at the intersection of Revere Beach Parkway (Massachusetts Route 16) and U.S. Route 1, now a shopping center. Mill Creek meanders east for 0.5 miles, then takes a sharp turn south, becoming Chelsea Creek, and widens significantly as it runs between Chelsea and the neighborhood of East Boston.[2] In that area the waterway is used by oil tankers to transport fuel to adjacent oil tanks. The creek then turns southwest and runs into the Mystic River shortly before it empties into Boston Harbor.[3]

In May 1775, the colonists won their first offensive victory of the American Revolution over the British in a naval battle known as the Battle of Chelsea Creek.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Chelsea River
  2. ^ "Chelsea River - Google Maps". Retrieved 2013-12-14. 
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey 7.5-minute topographic map
  4. ^ French, Allen (1911). The Siege of Boston. McMillan. pp. 249–250. OCLC 3927532.