Nantucket Lightship May Soon Open for Tours

CapeCodOnline: Robert Mannino apologized as he lowered an ordinary wooden ladder instead of a gangplank for visitors to come aboard the 149’ Nantucket Lightship/LV-112.

For 39 years, this lightship was ambassador and traffic cop, the first to greet trans-Atlantic travelers on the world’s great ocean liners, and a warning for ships approaching the treacherous Nantucket Shoals.

Now, Mannino, president of the U.S. Lightship Museum Society, wants to renovate the ship and open it as a Boston Harbor maritime museum. It is currently berthed at the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina, but will be moved to a more accessible location nearby and open for tours as of July 14.

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