Sunset cruise to benefit local lighthouses

Jun 15, 2014
Photo by: Bob Trapani Jr. Franklin Island Lighthouse

Rockland — The Friends of Rockland Harbor Lights and the American Lighthouse Foundation invites the public to join them Friday, June 27, for a lighthouse sunset cruise along the coastal waters from Port Clyde to Monhegan Island, featuring six Midcoast guiding lights as the evening’s star attractions.

This fun-filled experience is a great opportunity for participants to enjoy a close-up water view of the remote Franklin Island Lighthouse in Muscongus Bay, the iconic Monhegan Lighthouse, as well as the nearby Manana Island Fog Signal Station.

The cruise will also include opportunities to view and photograph Whitehead, Tenants Harbor, Two Bush — and the popular Marshall Point Lighthouse; all the while learning fascinating history about these sentinels during the narrated evening event.

Former Canadian lightkeeper and lighthouse author Chris Mills will be onboard and will share some of his memories to cruise between lights.

The sunset cruise is a joint fundraiser for the Friends of Rockland Harbor Lights and the chapter’s parent organization, the American Lighthouse Foundation. Proceeds from the cruise will benefit the ongoing restoration of Rockland Breakwater and Owls Head lighthouses, including the keeper’s house at Owls Head, which is open to the general public as an educational lighthouse interpretive center and gift shop.

The four-and-a-half-hour sunset cruise will depart from the Monhegan Boat Landing in Port Clyde at 4:30 p.m. aboard the Monhegan Boat Line’s P/V Elizabeth Ann. Tickets are $45 per person and reservations are recommended. A cash bar, light fare and desserts will be offered onboard. Tickets can be purchased at the American Lighthouse Foundation Interpretative Center and Gift Store, located at Owls Head Light Station in Owls Head, online at lighthousefoundation.org or by calling 594-4174.

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