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Fall Lighthouse Festival

Due to the popularity of the Lighthouse Festival each June and the positive response to the two previous Fall Lighthouse Festivals, the Door County Maritime Museum, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, is again offering some of its most popular tours Columbus Day weekend. Reservations are now being taken for these fantastic lighthouse adventures that will take place October 7-8. To order tickets please call (920)743-5958.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7

BOAT EXCURSIONS:

LAKESHORE LIGHTHOUSE CRUISE

Departs Baileys Harbor Municipal Dock at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 7.

Cost: $49.50 per person. Capacity: 22 per tour.

Only on the tours from Baileys Harbor will visitors have a waterside look at the Baileys Harbor Range Lights, the Old “Bird Cage” Lighthouse in Baileys Harbor and the majestic Cana Island Lighthouse. Additionally, many shipwrecks lie underneath the waters of this cruise; visitors may even see one from the boat.

PLUM ISLAND TOUR

Departs Gills Rock Dock at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 7.

Cost: $79 per person. Capacity: 14 per tour.

This 5-hour tour is a very rare offering as the US Fish and Wildlife Service must grant permission for the tour. The Friends of Plum and Pilot Island accompany visitors on the walking tours over the island landscape and up the stairs of the lights. The walking tour covers more than 2 miles round-trip and requires good footwear. Shorts are not recommended and there is no vending available on the island, but for the adventurer this rugged excursion is one to write home about. (FOPPI requires a signed waiver that will be sent to visitors at the time reservations are made and must be brought completely filled out to the dock.)

SAIL DOOR COUNTY SCHOONER CRUISE

Departs from Sister Bay Marina at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 7.

Cost: $65 per person. Capacity: 23 per tour.

Set sail into yesteryear on a 19th century tall ship to Peninsula State Park’s Eagle Bluff Lighthouse. Join the crew in hoisting the halyard or sit back and enjoy the trip on a 65-foot schooner, the Edith M. Becker, on a 2½-hour sailing adventure with views of the rocky shore, islands, caves and majestic bluffs. Hear the cannon sound as they strike sail at the end of the cruise. This trip is a bit longer and more focused on local lore than the typical schooner cruise.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8

LAND-BASED TOUR:

NATURALIST-NARRATED TOUR

Departs Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay at 9 a.m. on Sunday, October 8.

Cost: $77.50 per person. Capacity: 22 per tour.

Narration about the local history and natural environment of Door County and its lighthouses makes the time fly on this amazing five-hour tour which includes stops at the Sturgeon Bay Canal Station and North Pierhead, Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, the Ridges Range Lights and Cana Island Lighthouse. A freshly made box lunch will be enjoyed at picturesque Cana Island.

BOAT EXCURSION:

CHAMBERS ISLAND TOUR

Departs the Fish Creek dock aboard the Quo Vadis at 9 am and 11:30 am on Sunday, October 8.

Cost: $68 per person. Capacity: 50 per tour.

Lighthouse enthusiasts should take advantage of this rare opportunity to traverse the private lands of Chambers Island. Access to the lighthouse will require a 3-mile, round-trip, docent-led hike across the island from the marina featuring some interesting stops along the way. A lighthouse caretaker will meet the tours at the lighthouse where you will be able to soak up the amazing view and climb to the top of the lantern room platform. Good hiking shoes are recommended and participants should be in good enough shape to handle the hike.

Submitted by Mary E. Stephenson, Special Events Coordinator/Educational Specialist, Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society, August 30, 2017

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Society’s Scotland / England Tour: Part 1

From July 10 to 26, the U.S. Lighthouse Society is touring Scotland and England, focusing on lighthouses, of course! Society Executive Director Jeff Gales has been sending daily updates of their travels.

[Click on the images to enlarge and read his captions.]

Submitted by Jeff Gales, U.S. Lighthouse Society Executive Director, July 10 & 11, 2017

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Long Island Sound Lighthouse Conference

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Race Rock Lighthouse from the conference website

Long Island Sound Lighthouse Conference
Monday & Tuesday, April 24-25, 2017
All area lighthouse lovers & stakeholders are invited to attend the 2nd annual Long Island Sound Lighthouse Conference on Monday and Tuesday, April 24 and 25, 2017, presented by the New London Maritime Society in New London, Connecticut. Lighthouse fanciers and preservationists number in the tens of thousands in the US and they’re eager to share information, network, and learn more. Our conference aims to meet those goals.

Registration is $75 for both days, $50 for Monday, only, and $35 for Tuesday, only. Questions? call 860-447-8700, and someone will get back to you.

On Monday, attendees spend the day sharing information, learning best practices, & planning for the season ahead. A major focus is on lighthouse lenses, including technical, cultural, and historical aspects. Moderated by Elinor DeWire, presenters include Fresnel lens expert Chad Kaiser with lens videos by Dan Spinella, historians Jeremy D’Entremont and Bob Muller, representatives of the USCG, and Nick Korstad the owner of three lighthouses (one of which is a B&B)and Pam Setchell, known as ‘the woman who saved Huntington Light’, presents ‘Rock & Roll Light’ – about producing the annual Huntington Lighthouse Musicfest, the ONLY Music Festival in the WORLD held on top of a working lighthouse in the middle of the water! Living history artist Joseph Smith will portray Augustin-Jean Fresnel (1788-1827), the inventor of the Fresnel lens.

Dinner is will be at a New London restaurant, On the Waterfront  http://www.onthewaterfrontnl.com/, but is not included in the conference fee.

For both days, or for Monday, only
Find out more & Sign up: brownpapertickets.com/event/2913940

For Tuesday and the LIS Lighthouse Boat Excursion, only
Sign up at: brownpapertickets.com/event/2914005

On Tuesday morning, explore downtown New London, beginning with coffee at the Custom House Maritime Museum, where you may view two new photography exhibitions: ‘Stars & Lights: LIS’, by David Zapatka, and ‘Lighthouses, Tall Ships, and Submarines: Maritime Photos from The Day’s Photojournalists’.

We just got some new details about the lighthouse tour on Cross Sound Ferry.
At noon, we will be traveling aboard Sea Jet, Cross Sound Ferry’s fast, safe and comfortable catamaran. We will cover over 40 miles of coastline and see onshore and offshore lighthouses in three States: Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island. This trip offers the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear stories and narration by a team of lighthouse authorities: Bob Muller, Elinor DeWire, and Cross Sound’s own Ted Webb, among them.

THREE HOUR TOUR:  The ferry will travel down the Thames, past Ledge and Harbor Lights, to North Dumpling and Plum Islands, proceeding to Gardners Point and along Plum Island traveling across LIS up to Long Beach Bar Light and Bug Light, heading back over to Coffee Pot then across to Plum Island Light, Little Gull Light (and seals), by Race Rock Light across to the west entrance to Fishers Island Sound, to see Morgan Point Light, Latimer Reef, Watch Hill Light, the home of Taylor Swift(!), then a return to New London.   Eastern Long Island Sound Lighthouse Excursion will benefit New London Maritime Society.

Submitted by Susan Tamulevich, Executive Director, New London Maritime Society, April 18, 2017

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Preservation of Thomas Point Shoal Light Station

thomas_point_shoal-loresThe Chesapeake Chapter of the U.S. Lighthouse Society has done an amazing job restoring both the exterior and interior of Thomas Point Shoal Light Station, the last intact screwpile lighthouse that remains in its original location in the Chesapeake Bay not far from Annapolis. Visitors can enjoy tours of this landmark structure during the summer and fall.

Bob Stevenson, the Chapter’s education coordinator, recently shared these wonderful photos of the restored interior. The kitchen and sitting room reflect the period when the lighthouse was administered by the U.S. Light-House Board around the turn of the 20th century, and the office shows the period after the U.S. Coast Guard took over in 1939.

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In 2017, tours of the lighthouse will be offered at 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon on June 10, July 1, July 15, July 29, August 5, August 19, September 2, September 9, September 30, and October 7.

Visitors should contact the U.S. Lighthouse Society for reservations. (Society members get a $10 discount.) These are “adventure tours” requiring agility and safe footwear. A mandatory safety video explains all this. See http://uslhs.org/about/thomas-point-shoal-lighthouse/tours for more information on reserving your tour and to learn more about the history of the light station.

Submitted by Candace Clifford with photos and tour details from Bob Stevenson, March 11, 2017.

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Isle of Man Lighthouses

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Douglas Head Lighthouse, Isle of Man. Photo by Skip Sherwood

Last July Skip Sherwood led a U.S. Lighthouse Society tour through Wales and the Isle of Man in the United Kingdom. Skip wrote an article about this trip that was featured in the Northern Lighthouse Board‘s magazine The Journal (Christmas 2016).  The NLB has granted us permission to share it with you. Here is the article link: U.S. Lighthouse Society Tours: Isle of Man Lighthouses.

Skip Sherwood at Point Bonita Lighthouse, California
Skip Sherwood at Point Bonita Lighthouse, California

Skip has been volunteering for the U.S. Lighthouse Society since 2007. He and his wife, Mary Lee, have been responsible for developing and leading many lighthouse tours in addition to processing memberships and contributing to the ongoing development of the Society’s website and Passport Club. Skip oversees the Society’s increasingly popular Passport Program and its 19 regional volunteers. Through the program’s website and periodic newsletters, over 3,500 Club members are kept up to date on the availability of stamps at over 450 participating locations.

A big thank you to Skip and Mary Lee for all there wonderful work on behalf of the Society!

For more tour photos, visit http://uslhs.org/tours/photo-albums-new/wales-2016

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Public Tours of Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Resumed in 2016

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cropped-cape-canaveral-nasaCape Canaveral, FL – January 2017 – SunWard Tours, an established provider of historical, educational and adventure excursions; along with the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation and the 45th Space Wing, are pleased with the first year’s response to the guided tours of the historic Cape Canaveral Lighthouse and the iconic launch sites on the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Over the past year guests from all over Florida and the United States have expressed their delight with the fully narrated and guided tours and a glimpse of our maritime and space exploration history.

Public Access to the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse was halted in June of 2013 due to sequestration and the heightened security status required at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. It was only January 2016 that the Air Force, the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation and SunWard Tours were able to offer tours to the general public.

The tours begin from the Exploration Tower in Port Canaveral where guests board a comfortable, air conditioned bus with a SunWard/Lighthouse Foundation guide. The primary focus of the tour remains the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse. Following a one hour stop at the Lighthouse the bus continues past other historic sites on the Air Force station pausing at many iconic launch sites which will be pointed out and described by your guide.  Leaving the Air Force Station, the bus makes a brief stop at the Sands Missile History Center and then returns all guests to the Exploration Tower where they have the rest of the afternoon to enjoy the tower’s exhibits, history and views.

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The cost of the tour is $27.00 per guest and reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance. Since the tour is on a secure Air Force Station, a detailed manifest is sent to the Air Force Security Office for review. They require that we submit the full legal name, date of birth and driver’s license number for each guest that is a US citizen. Non-US citizens must also provide their passport number, country of issue and expiration date, as well as their place of birth. For more information about tours to this iconic lighthouse, please call 321-543-3994. Reservations may be made online at www.CanaveralLighthouse.com.

Rocky Johnson, chair of the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation, is delighted at the response of residents and visitors over the past year. “The Cape Canaveral Lighthouse and the 45th Space Wing are important pieces of Florida’s rich history and this tour is a way to share their respective roles in history with guests from all over the world.”

Sunward Tours is well known for escorting visitors to the Space Coast on adventure and educational tours. We offer guided tours to the Kennedy Space Center, local and Orlando attractions as well as many different nature based excursions. We are recognized by the Kennedy Space Center Visitor’s Complex as their single largest seller of guest passes and guided tours. We have also been recognized by local Chambers of Commerce as well as the Tourism Development Council for our commitment to our community and for providing outstanding service to guests on the Space Coast.

Submitted by Ron Thorstad, Sunward Tours, on January 17, 2017; phone – 321-453-3994; email: CanaveralLighthouse@gmail.com

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Six Top Reasons to travel with USLHS Lighthouse Tours

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All 2017 USLHS Tours are now open for reservations! If you have not traveled with us before, you might be wondering whether this is a good fit for you. Here are the top reasons lighthouse aficionados, photographers, and adventurers choose USLHS Lighthouse Tours:

  1. You will be in the company of lighthouse lovers, history buffs, world travelers and life-long learners who enjoy the camaraderie old friends and new. Our members are known for being fun-loving and inclusive! Single travelers are welcomed and we are often able to find a roommate for them!
  2. We are often able to explore, climb and/or photograph lighthouses not open to the public, and often found in remote locations. Your journey to a lighthouse could involve charter boats, off road vehicles, helicopters, float planes or perhaps horse drawn carriages! Travelers have even found themselves on golf carts, jet boats, and lobster trawlers just to get that perfect lighthouse viewpoint!
  3. Tour itineraries are designed to provide opportunities to visit other regional landmarks and attractions, and include free time to shop or relax.
  4. You are taken care of! We include all transportation, most meals, lodging, admissions, and a skilled tour leader. Our tour packets feature custom journals, tour patches. luggage tags and much more.
  5. We enjoy sampling local cuisine: How about lobster in Maine? Salmon in Seattle? Or bouillabaisse in Marseilles? It all adds to understanding the unique culture of an area.  We understand that travelers might have unique dietary restrictions and will do our best to accommodate.
  6. USLHS tours help support our lighthouse preservation, grants and education missions. Not only do proceeds from each trip go directly to these pursuits, we make financial contributions to lighthouses we visit along our route, further emphasizing our commitment to their preservation. Also, a portion of your trip is tax-deductible.To view our unique 2017 Lighthouse Tours, visit http://www.uslhs.org/tours. For more information or to request a catalog, call 415-362-7255.

Submitted by Nancy Houghton, U.S. Lighthouse Society, on January 18, 2017