- You visit the coastline of New England to see the beautiful lighthouses located by its side.
- You can fix a date suitable for you between mid-June and beginning of October.
One of the chief attractions of any harbor is its lighthouses. The coast of New England is lined with many a lighthouses that speak about its history and are very popular spots for tourist. These lighthouses have been standing strong for ages, guiding sailors, weaving myths and fascinating tourists. Our Historic Harbor Lighthouse Cruises are designed to give you a beautiful view of the lighthouses from the vast ocean.
As you stride along with your boat, you pass by many light houses. The first lighthouses that you pass by are the Head Lighthouse of Long Island and the Deer Island Lighthouse. The next one that you spot after these is also one of the oldest in America. It is called the Boston lighthouse, owing its name to the place.
As you proceed towards the north you can see many more of these prominent lighthouses such as Hospital Point Lighthouse, Graves Lighthouse, Bakers Island Lighthouse, Straitsmouth Island Lighthouse, Marblehead Lighthouse, Fort Pickering Lighthouse, Ten Pound Island Lighthouse and the Eastern Point Lighthouse.
Fort Pickering Lighthouse located on Winter Island. Fort Pickering and the execution hill are some of the many historic landmarks on the island. The lighthouse, built of iron lined with brick, exhibited a flashing white light 28 feet above sea level. The lighthouse, originally painted red, was built slightly offshore. A walkway connected it to the shore.
As you pass Fort Pickering Lighthouse you will also be able to see Marblehead Light, a 23-foot white tower and a keeper's cottage, attached to the tower by a covered walkway, was built near a small fort. The 10 lamps inside the octagonal lantern burned whale oil, and the fixed white light was exhibited from 53 feet above mean high water.
After that you can check out Hospital Point Light. The lighthouse, in Beverly on Boston's North Shore, derives its name from a smallpox hospital built there in 1801. The hospital, used as a barracks in the War of 1812, burned down in 1849. It's believed a watch house was previously located there as early as 1711.
You will also be taken to see the twin lighthouses located in the Thacher Island. Among all the lighthouses that you see, only these twin lighthouses are still in operation that gives them an edge over other lighthouses. The tall, slender twin lighthouses on 50-acre Thacher Island, on the Town of Rockport's seal since 1888, are an indespensible part of the local seascape. Now designated a National Historic Landmark, the island is also recognized as a significant historic site for the nation as a whole.
You can also hear to the experts speaking about the history of the lighthouses as you pass by each of them. We bring you the prominent lighthouse experts from the American Lighthouse Foundation. In our five-hour Harbor Lighthouse cruises, you will not only see these lighthouses from the best angles possible but also learn a lot about them.
Our cruise can be taken on selective days from mid-June to beginning of October. All the cruises depart from Long Wharf in Boston.