With new owners, a new era begins for Boston Harbor Cruises

Meanwhile, a familiar face on the Boston waterfront has taken the helm as GM: Bob Lawler, a former executive with Entertainment Cruises, now also part of Hornblower. Most recently, Lawler was general manager at Boston Duck Tours, working with president Cindy Brown for more than three years before leaving last month to join BHC.

Nolan, 45, said her family wasn’t looking to sell the business but Hornblower, with Crestview’s backing, was looking to grow through acquisitions. The Nolans more than doubled the size of BHC, which now has 44 boats in Boston Harbor, since 2006. That year, they bought out business partner Modern Continental, a now-defunct construction company best known for its work on the Big Dig. But Nolan said they realized BHC couldn’t get much bigger on its own, without another strategic partner.

“We sat down as a family and [said], if we ever want to do this, this

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