The season will begin on May 16th with the challenging Great Staten Island Lighthouse Hunt. Staten Island has powerful maritime roots and possesses nine historic lighthouses, often located in a number of obscure areas of the borough. The Great Staten Island Lighthouse Hunt offers participants opportunities to gain valuable maritime related historical insights and, up close familiarity with each of these nine lighthouses, the neighborhoods in which these structures are situated and the nature of New Jersey and NYC’s robust intertwining economy.
NLM volunteers will welcome visitors at each lighthouse and share their expertise regarding the history, architecture and specific purpose for which each of these historic structures was originally designed. The tour is $30 per carload and $10 per biker and one can start at the Museum site or at Conference House Park.
NLM’s boat season will begin on a Maritime Day, May 22nd, with a new tour designed to familiarize participants with the busiest waterway of NYC, the Kill Van Kull and Newark Bay. Attendees will learn about obscure islands located upon the Kill Van Kull such as Shooters, and Prall on the Arthur Kill. This boat tour further explores the vital commercial port of Bayonne where military vessels, an historic Port of Embarkation, and, in recent years, giant cruise ships have bolstered Bayonne’s burgeoning economy in keeping with its maritime reputation. Manufacturing plants of great national importance and pioneering retail businesses together with its famed port facilities would turn Newark into one of America’s most important and prosperous cities. In collaboration with The United Staten Island Veterans Organization (USIVO) NLM will celebrate Maritime Day with a wreath laying ceremony honoring members of the Merchant Marines who, in past conflicts, gave their lives in support of our freedoms.
The museum’s Boat Tour schedule during 2021 explores lighthouses throughout NYC as well as prominent sites and islands located along the East River, Long Island Sound, the Hudson River, as well as the fascinating water route encircling Staten Island. The museum’s signature boat tour covers nine lighthouses and important sites surrounding Lower NY Bay, through Ambrose Channel passing Sandy Hook and reaching the stunning Twin Lights of Navesink Lighthouse situated atop New Jersey’s beautiful Atlantic Highlands. In late October, the popular Halloween tour northward up the East River to Long Island Sound at Execution Rocks and Sands Point Lighthouses contains consistently horrifying tales of ghosts, murder and mayhem. For more information on boat tours, visit the National Lighthouse Museum website or call (718) 390-0040. Tickets are $60 for adults; $50 for groups of 10 or more and $40 for children
An all day Boating Safety Course in collaboration with the SI Power Squadron is set for May 24th at the Museum. This certified course, will soon becoming a requirement for captaining small craft in our waters.
For more information, visit the Lighthouse Museum website or call (718) 390-0040.
Photo of National Lighthouse Museum boat tours provided.