Maine Maritime Museum Offers Lighthouse Cruises

Doubling Point Light with Bath Iron Works in the background. Photo courtesy Wikipedia.

The Maine Maritime Museum in Bath is offering the chance to see all the lighthouses along the Kennebec Historic Waterway and through Boothbay Harbor from the water on a 3 1/2 -hour tour aboard the Schoodic tour boat. The tours run each Saturday from June 18 through mid-October.

The lighthouses include:

  • Perkins Island Light with keepers quarters. Photo courtesy Wikipedia.

    Doubling Point Lighthouse: Built in 1898, it is a white octagonal tower placed on the upper end of Fiddler’s Reach.

  • Kennebec Range Lights: A unique set of beacon towers designed to help ships maneuver through a difficult bend of the river.
  • Squirrel Point Lighthouse: A small, white wooden tower with a small room and attached walkway. Built in 1898.
  • Perkins Island Lighthouse: A white, wooden octagonal tower, with the keeper’s house, barn and stone bell tower.
  • Pond Island Light. Photo courtesy Wikipedia.

    Pond Island Lighthouse: A white conical tower near the mouth of the Kennebec River. No other buildings remain on Pond Island.

  • Seguin Island Lighthouse: Located 2 miles south of the mouth of the Kennebec River. The tower is only 53 feet tall and has one of the most powerful foghorns ever made.
  • The Cuckolds Lighthouse: Originally only a fog signal, the light protects the heavy boat traffic into Boothbay Harbor.
  • Ram Island Lighthouse: This lighthouse marks Fisherman Island Passage.
  • Burnt Island Lighthouse: Situated one mile outside of Boothbay Harbor, this lighthouse is now a Maine state-owned educational facility.
  • Hendricks Head Lighthouse: Now privately owned, this lighthouse is on the Sheepscot River in Southport.

Passengers will remain on the boat for the length of the cruise.

The Schoodic‘s profession crew provides fascinating narration and a safe, comfortable cruise. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic, including beer and wine for personal consumption. Coolers are not allowed on the boat.

Tickets are non-refundable, except in the event of a weather cancellation. The Schoodic is a covered boat and usually runs in light rain and other moderate weather conditions. Cruises may be cancelled in the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions or unmet minimum ticket sales, and cancellations are made by the captain on the day of the trip. If the Museum cancels a cruise, you will have the opportunity to reschedule, or receive a refund.

Cost:

  • Member: $35
  • Non-member: $40
  • Child (under 16): $20

To order tickets:

Maine Maritime Museum: Lighthouse Cruise Ticket Sales

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