Quick Lighthouse Tour – Nine Lighthouses Viewed From The Water In 4 1/2 Hours!

Muckelteo Lighthouse

Recently I went on a Saturday afternoon tour of selected Puget Sound Lighthouses organized by The United States Lighthouse Society (USLHS).     The USLHS chartered a high speed whale watching catamaran that cruised at 40 mph which let our tour cover 142 miles and 9 Lighthouses in one afternoon.   The United States Lighthouse Society decided in celebration of their 35th anniversary to organize a tour with views from the water since most people only see lighthouses from the land side when they tour a Lighthouse.

The weather was great with sunshine, light wind and no waves or chop.  The high speed whale watching Saratoga sails out of Edmonds.  We left just after 3:00pm and viewed the Mukilteo Lighthouse first, then out Admiralty Inlet then looping back south to get to Point Robinson Lighthouse at sunset then returning home a bit before 8:00pm.

Along the way we had a nice buffet lunch that was great (I was pleasantly surprised on the salad, many places dump gunk on the salad that I can’t stand, but I liked whatever they did).  A nice congratulations to whoever planned and prepared the buffet lunch.  There was also a special 35th Anniversary Birthday Cake for dessert.

Given the speed and wanting to view 9 lighthouses in short order we only spent a few minutes at each lighthouse, but the captain did a great job positioning the boat and letting it drift past the lighthouses so we had a choice of angles and the Saratoga drawing only a few feet of water we were able to safely get close to the Lighthouses for a good view.  The Saratoga has a lot of outside viewing areas so getting a good view to take a picture was not a problem.

The United States Lighthouse Society had one of their tour guide/historians along so we learned a bit on the history of each Lighthouse.  He did a nice job, I was able to nitpick him a bit but only because I help as a tour guide at the Alki Lighthouse and have researched a bit on all of the Lighthouses in Puget Sound as well as the history of the Fresnel Lens and the history of Lighthouses in general.

Many of the Lighthouses are open to the public, some seasonal and others are open year around.  The Alki Point Lighthouse in West Seattle is open to the public from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend, the last two summers it has been open on Sunday’s and  staffed by volunteers from the Coast Guard Auxiliary.  Check the schedules for any lighthouse you plan on visiting.

They also had a special handout page of Lighthouse Stamps for all 9 lighthouses we visited.

Overall a great tour if you want a chance to to see the Lighthouses from the water.  Will they have it  again next year?  Maybe, was a full signup, so that is always a good sign for a repeat performance, so head over to The United States Lighthouse Society and signup for their notice emails, don’t worry about spam they seem to only send an email every few months.

ADA Notes: Getting onto the Saratoga with a walker was not too bad with the ramps.  The doors have knee knockers to keep water out of the boat, one of the crew helped me lift my walker over the knee knocker but I would have been able to lift it over I think, just would have looked awkward, one of the crew stored my walker out of the way with the lifejackets.  Later one of the crew got me some food, was great help.  I was able to move around the cabin and outside by using seat backs and posts without much problem.  Leaving the boat was a bit tricky as the off ramp was a bit steep but the Captain took my walker to the bottom of the boat ramp (thanks again for the help captain!)

Thanks for your interest in and support of Boating Safety.

Click on each picture for a bit of history for the lighthouse.

 –  c / m –

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