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Background of Capt. Ed Burns

Capt. Ed Burns and Winifred A. Burns
In the background is the Danish vessel Danmark

Capt. Ed Burns is:

  • The narrator of the 1992 Columbus Quincentennial Tall Ships Parade in New York Harbor from the bridge of the QE II for the 5,000 passengers aboard the famed ocean liner as well as the radio listening audience of WQXR-FM (owned by The New York Times).
  • The only person ever to be Proclaimed the "Official Boston Harbor Historian" by both the Mayor and the City Council of Boston, since 1983.
  • The last person in Boston history to receive a commercial steamboat captain's license (1981).
  • One of the very few professional announcers to have been engaged as a narrator/commentator for all of the United States Tall Ships events (1976, 1986, 1992 and 2000).
  • The narrator who in 1997 performed aboard the commercial excursion boat "Cape Ann" which carried the most passengers afloat on one ship to see the USS Constitution sail for the first time in 116 years.
  • Experienced in navigating sail and power vessels through the Panama Canal and the Caribbean Sea


  • Eugene Dupuch Law School, Nassau, Bahamas Certificate of Legal Education 1999
  • Harvard University - John F. Kennedy School of Government Master's Degree in Public Administration 1980
  • Suffolk University Law School, Juris Doctor 1978
  • Suffolk University, B.S. in Bus. Admn. 1970
  • Daniel Webster College, Assoc. Degree in Aeronautics 1967

    Performance Experience

  • Over 200 jury trials as a criminal prosecutor in the District Attorney's Office - Boston
  • Over 25 political satire acting performances at Boston's Clover Club
  • Commercial Radio broadcasts over 99 cities in 14 countries for Delta Airlines
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