The view from the water in a busy port city is fascinating. First, it is not the perspective that a typical viewer usually has. Most things are oriented to the street: the door of a shop; its window displays; signs; flowers and landscaping; lighting.
The water side is the working side. The delivery access. The place where the seafood catch is delivered to land. The docks where the gasloline tanker unloads its cargo.
It's the place where ships are built. This is the oldest continuously operating shipyard in the United States.
You get to see the undersides of bridges.
And all the while, you're on the sea, smelling the sea and its air, feeling its power and majesty.