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Region 4: Midcoast Maine Lighthouse Day Trips : Boothbay Harbor

Cap'n Fish's Lighthouse Cruises

42 Commercial Street (Parking)
Boothbay Harbor, ME 04575
Phone: (207) 633-3244
Email: mainewhales@roadrunner.com

Description: Departing from Boothbay Harbor, Cap'n Fish runs two different lighthouse cruises. The two-hour Pemaquid Point Lighthouse cruise features the majestic & photogenic lighthouse rising high above the pounding surf. You'll also cruise by Seal Rocks, Ram Island and Burnt Island Lights and many other interesting sights. The three-hour Kennebec River/Bath Cruise passes seven different lighthouses during its 44 mile journey featuring a variety of the wide open sea and close-to-shore cruising. Relive history dating back to colonial days along the Kennebec River. Then let your captain bring you up to date on the latest shipbuilding activity at bath Iron Works. Experience the thrill of passing through Hell Gates and the sight of lighthouses, seals and historic Fort Popham. For pricing, schedules and more info see the Cap'n Fish website or call either (800) 636-3244 or (207) 633-3244.



Lighthouse Cruise: Legends, Lore & Haunts: Maine Maritime Museum

243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530
Phone: (207) 380-3806
Email: lighthousetours@gmail.com

Description: Explore the legends and lore of Midcoast Maine's lighthouses during one (1) of four (4) tours by the Maine Maritime Museum this summer, including a shore landing at historic Burnt Island Light. You will enjoy a 3 hour cruise aboard Maine Maritime Museum's Merrymeeting as you explore the Kennebec, Sassanoa and Sheepscot Rivers. Your adventure will be guided by Red Cloak Haunted History Tours. Passengers will see up to seven lighthouses, depending on weather and sea conditions, including Doubling Point Light, Hendrick's Head Light, Seguin Island Light, Ram Island Light and The Cuckolds. The visit to Burnt Island will include landing on the island for an up-close look at the restored keeper's house and other facilities, including the majestic Burnt Island Light tower. As you go back in time with The Lady in the Red Cloak, you'll learn the stories behind these iconic beacons; about the lives of some of the keepers and their families, legends and haunts of the lights. The Merrymeeting's professionally trained crew provides a safe, comfortable cruise. A cash bar, with light snacks, is available onboard. Ticket prices include admission to museum. Maine Maritime Museum Members $55; nonmembers $65; children 6 to 12 $34; under 6 $5. Reservations recommended. Tours on Aug. 5, Sep. 16, Sep. 30 and Oct. 7. Each tour runs from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.



Region 6: Southern Maine Coast Lighthouse Day Trips : Portsmouth to Portland

Jeremy D'Entremont's New England Lighthouse Tours

Portsmouth, NH 03801
Phone: (603) 431-9155
Email: nelights@gmail.com

Description: Join tour guide Jeremy D'Entremont for a minivan tour to some of New England's most beautiful and historic beacons. Jeremy has been called the leading expert on New England's lighthouses; he's been photographing and writing about them for more than 25 years and is the author of more than a dozen books. There are several tour offerings, with half day and full day tours. Most of the full day tours travel to the Portland, Maine, area, and stop at seven lighthouses including Portland Head Light, Cape Neddick "Nubble" Light, Portland Breakwater "Bug" Light, and Portsmouth Harbor Light. See why past tour participants have called this the "perfect New England day trip." All tours begin and end in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and arrangements can be made for pickup at hotels in Portsmouth or Kittery, Maine. Itineraries are subject to change depending on weather and other variables. See the Tour Calendar or call (603) 431-9155.



Maine Lighthouse Organizations


American Lighthouse Foundation

American Lighthouse Foundation

PO Box 565
Rckland, ME 04841
Phone: (207) 594-4174

Description: The mission of the American Lighthouse Foundation is to preserve  lighthouses, and also to improve public access to and awareness of these historic treasures.  The website includes a discussion of a number of Maine lighthouses.



Guides to Maine Lighthouses


New England Lighthouses

New England Lighthouses

Description: This web site guide is perfect for photos and histories of Maine lighthouses (over 60 of them). Created by a lighthouse historian, the site includes original lighthouse photos, extensive lighthouse histories and helpful visitor info for nearly 200 New England lighthouses. Simply a wealth of information on lighthouses, their keepers and their rich traditions.





Maine Lighthouses Map & Guide

Maine Lighthouses Map & Illustrated Guide

Description: Illustrated map and guide to all the lighthouses in Maine.  Each lighthouse is named and located on a highway map of Maine.  Also included is a brief history of each Maine lighthouse plus directions to the lighthouse or to the best viewing spot.





Lighthouses of Maine Guidebook

Lighthouses of Maine Guidebook

Description: The Lighthouses of Maine Guidebook offers practical travel information, stunning color photographs and rich maritime history all included within this guide to lighthouses in Maine.





Lighthouses and Lightships of Casco Bay

Lighthouses and Lightships of Casco Bay

Description: Lighthouses and Lightships of Casco Bay is a guide to the many historically and architecturally significant lighthouses and lightships of Casco Bay. Includes historic photographs.





Kennebec Range Lights

Kennebec Range Lights

Description: Website guide to a unique series of lighthouses - the Kennebec River Range Lights. Among the the very few wooden lighthouses in the country, and the only range lights among Maine's over 60 lighthouses. Explore the site to learn how these lights work, the mathematics involved in their deployment, how to navigate with them and something about their history.




National Park Service

National Park Service

Description: The National Park Service lists some of the lighthouses in Maine and the year they were built. (A wealth of old data & photos apparently have been deleted from the NPS site, which is a shame.)




Books - Maine Lighthouse Books


Our Point of View - 14 Years at a Maine Lighthouse

Our Point of View - 14 Years at a Maine Lighthouse

Description: Two lighthouse enthusiasts share their stunning photographs and deeply emotional journals of the trials and tribulations of their 14 year residence at the lightkeeper's house at the Marshall Point Lighthouse in Port Clyde, Maine. To quote one reviewer, "I don't think I have ever read something and felt the emotion like I did with these entries. To read and feel the sadness, heartache, the joy and excitement along with the horror is the most amazing reader experience. This book makes a great gift, it's not a one time read, it is a book to be enjoyed over and over."




Portland Head Light - Pictorial Journey Through Time

Portland Head Light - Pictorial Journey Through Time

Description: The most complete book on Maine's Portland Head Lighthouse ever published.  Includes rare and historic photos of Portland Head Light, plus memories and stories of the keepers who lived there, such as those about the ghost, the sea serpent and more. Also includes historical information about nearby lighthouses. Also be sure to visit the web site of the Portland Head Light museum in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.




Lighthouses and Life Saving Along the Maine Coast

Lighthouses and Life Saving Along the Maine Coast

Description: Rare photos plus well researched historical text about lighthouses along the Maine coast.  Nice book for lighthouse buffs





Children's Books Featuring Lighthouses in Maine


Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie

Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie

Description: Ages 4 to 8.  Grades 1 to 3.  Based on a true story of an 1856 storm off the coast of Maine, Abbie's tale is one of endurance and bravery.  When Abbie's lighthouse keeper father sails off for supplies, he leaves Abbie in charge of lighting the oil lamps of the lighthouse towers.  When a storm hits, Abbie bravely keeps the lighthouse lamps lit.





Bear & Katie in the Great Searsport Caper

Bear & Katie in the Great Searsport Caper

Description: Up to age 9.  Bear and Katie are two black labs.  While visiting the small town of Searsport, Maine, Bear and Katie find themselves on an adventure that takes them to several lighthouses in search of a treasure.  The two dogs, along with two children, Michael and Julia, find a gold coin and a mystery map.  The search is on!





Captain's Castaway

Captain's Castaway

Description: Pre-school to Grade 2.  Based on a true story of a sea captain's dog that survived a shipwreck off the coast of Maine in the 1800s.  Sarah, a lighthouse keeper's daughter, nurses the dog to health and names him "Seadog."  When the sea captain later returns and takes him away, Seadog jumps from the captain's boat and swims back to Sarah.





Lighthouse Dog to the Rescue

Lighthouse Dog to the Rescue

Description: Pre-school to Grade 2.  Based on a true story of a sea captain's dog that survived a shipwreck off the coast of Maine in the 1800s.  Sarah, a lighthouse keeper's daughter, nurses the dog to health and names him "Seadog."  When the sea captain later returns and takes him away, Seadog jumps from the captain's boat and swims back to Sarah.





Maine Lighthouse Items on Amazon