News & Updates
Saturday, June 17, 2017:
Nearly 150 lighthouse enthusiasts joined our Second Annual Sunset Cruise. The changing weather gave us a good opportunity to see, and hear, why lighthouses are so important in foggy weather, not just looking beautiful in good weather. We were able to see the lights in operation, guiding the way around obstructions to safety.
Captain John detoured to give us nice views of the South Street Seaport, and the lightship Ambrose, the Brooklyn Bridge, then a nice sunset as we passed the Statue of Liberty.
Our next big event will be a repeat of the popular Circumnavigation of Staten Island tour, Sunday July 16, leaving from Pier One, outside the National Lighthouse Museum.
Mark your calendar for Lighthouse & Lightship Recognition Weekend, August 4th to 6th!
The Museum will be closed Independence Day, Tuesday, July 4th.
Sunday, June 25, 2017:
Perfect early-Summer weather greeted our guests for a new kind of event for your National Lighthouse Museum! Andrew Wilson, historian, sailor and librarian at the New York Public Library, gave a fascinating talk about the history of the America’s Cup, and its connection to Staten Island. Few in the audience knew that Staten Island had so many yacht clubs in the past, and that so many of them sent competitors to races around the world. The New York Yacht Club Regatta, held just off the Stapleton waterfront, and out through The Narrows, was a preliminary race, and even trans-Atlantic races started here. Often these would attract more than 100,000 spectators. He also told us about some Staten Island area lighthouses that no longer exist.
That wasn’t all!
Before, during, and after the talk, Chefs Al Curtis and Kathy Contino manned the grill, and we all enjoyed lots of food, outside watching the ships entering and leaving the harbor, or inside during the presentation.
But wait! There’s more!
We were able to watch two of the actual races, by live video feed to our big screen. During the intermission, we were treated to an explanation of how these new vessels differ so much from the yachts that we were accustomed to seeing in the past.
Learn more about City of Water Day here: City of Water Day
James Risk will be our next speaker on July 23rd at 3:00 pm and will speak to us about The Introduction of the Fresnel Lens into the USLHE. Risk discusses the history of the Fresnel lens and its arrival on America’s shores mid 19th century. To register click here: Introduction of the Fresnel Lens to US
The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Closed Mondays and all legal holidays.
We’d love for you to visit!