We’ve heard their names and passed them on our boats. We know they’re a cool part of our history.
But how much do we really know about the lighthouses off our local shores?
Tourists on cruises are given their fill of sights, including the harbor seals off Little Gull Island, the tiny islands of North and South dumpling and an inside tour of the Bug Light lighthouse.
Bob Allen, a descendant of Bug Light’s last operating lighthouse keeper, leads the tour, education folks about Southold’s waters and the tiny stretches of land spread that dot them, including Plum Island, a federal animal disease and research facility.
The East End Seaport Museum is offering three full-day lighthouse tours this summer, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 13, July 27 and August 17.
The museum will also host a haunted lighthouse cruise August 3, an eco-cruise August 31, a “super cruise” September 16 and a chowder cruise October 12. 90-minute excursions to Bug Light are also available during the Greenport Maritime Festival at the end of September.
The cost is $85 for members and Southold residents, $95 for non-members, $60 for youths. For more information, call 631-477-2100 or visit eastendseaport.org.