11 New England lighthouses to spot from your yacht
The New England region is an incredibly popular cruising ground and one of the most distinctive symbols of this beautiful area and its long maritime heritage are its many lighthouses. For centuries lighthouses have lined the 6000 miles of coastline and with more than 150 to spot today you will be spoiled for choice when seeking them out to view them from your yacht. Here are our top 11 recommendations for New England lighthouses to look out for during your yacht charter.
1. Cape Poge Lighthouse
Martha’s Vineyard boasts no less than five lighthouses, but we think Cape Poge Lighthouse is its winner. Having been rebuilt several times, a unique history includes it being the first entire lighthouse to be moved by helicopter. It now sits a safe 300ft back from the seas that were trying to claim it.
2. Brant Point Light
Brant Point Light is a small picturesque wooden lighthouse surrounded by seashells. Located on the south side of Nantucket Harbour its light has been guiding boats since 1746. However it might be the hardest to spot from a superyacht as it is the one of the shortest lighthouses in New England at just 26ft tall.
3. South East Lighthouse
South East Lighthouse, perched on top of Mohegan Bluffs on Block Island, is claimed to be one of the most striking lighthouse buildings in the USA, built from a beautiful red brick.
4. Great Point Lighthouse
Great Point Lighthouse sits in a wildlife reserve on the northern point of Nantucket Island. This bright white stone tower is picture perfect.
5. Thacher Island Twin Lights
Thacher Island Twin Lights are the only twin lighthouses operating in the USA. Tall, thin, and identical to each other, they sit on either side of the historic island of Thacher, near Rockport, Massachusetts. Should you venture ashore, there are ample walks, a wildlife reserve and from the top of the north tower there are views of both Boston and the Maine mountains.
6. Conanicut Light
Conanicut Light was originally built to guide the ferry between Newport and Jamestown, Rhode Island, however film buffs may recognize its Gothic revival tones from the Wes Anderson film Moonrise Kingdom.
7. New London Ledge Lighthouse
New London Ledge Lighthouse, Connecticut is best described as ‘curious’. Sitting out at sea in New London Harbour on its own man made island, this unique square lighthouse is not like any other. Oh, and it’s reportedly haunted.
8. Sankaty Head Lighthouse
Sankaty Head Lighthouse is Nantucket’s third lighthouse – 70ft tall but over 400 metres from the cliff edge, it is a red and white structure whose unusual name comes from the local Native American word for highland.
9. Petit Manan Island Light
Petit Manan Island Light, Maine is a now part of wildlife refuge, with the island hosting a variety of sea birds including puffins.
10. Castle Hill Lighthouse
Situated on Narragasett Bay in Newport, RI you can find Castle Hill Lighthouse right at the end of historic Ocean Drive. Still in operation today, the lighthouse was built in 1890 on the property of Alexander Agassiz, a scientist and engineer. He sold the property to the US Government for $1.00.
11. West Quoddy Head Light
Finally, if you make it to the very edge of New England, West Quoddy Head Light in Maine sits on the most eastern point of the contiguous USA, and its distinctive red and white stripes make it look like a picturesque candy cane.
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