Boston Light. Photo by Jwgetchell (CC 4.0)


Happy 300th Birthday Boston Light!

Originally lit in 1716, Boston Light, the nation’s first lighthouse turned 300 this week. Built on Little Brewster Island in Boston Harbor, the first light was destroyed in 1776 by retreating British forces during the American Revolutionary War.

Caption: “To the Merchants of Boston this View of the Light House is most humbly presented By their Humble Servt Wm. Burgis.” Reproduction of mezzotint. United States Library of Congress Prints and Photographs division (PD)


The current lighthouse was rebuilt in 1783, and when they subsequently raised it to its present height in 1859, a new lantern room was added, with a new 12-sided second-order Fresnel lens, that is still in use today.

Flashing every 10 seconds, the 1,800,000 candlepower beam is visible for 27 nautical miles.

Photo by MBTafan2011 (CC 3.0)


Boston Light is the second oldest working lighthouse in the United States (after Sandy Hook Lighthouse in New Jersey), and is the only lighthouse to still be actively staffed by the United States Coast Guard.


posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee


Photo by ©Mitch Waxman


Thursday, 30 June from 6pm to 8pm

Working Harbor Committee Hidden Harbor Tours® Presents:
Hidden Harbor Tour® of Port Newark

Photo by ©Mitch Waxman


For an exciting adventure, go behind the scenes of the bustling Port of NY & NJ on our Hidden Harbor Tour® of Port Newark!

Get an insider’s view of the 3rd largest port in the nation, where container ships dock and unload their goods from around the world.

Photo by ©Mitch Waxman


See how the working harbor really works and learn about what all those ships and tugs do. See giant container terminals, oil docks, dry dock repair, and more!

Photo by ©Mitch Waxman


Learn about how floating dry docks work; the history of the Robbins Reef Lighthouse; tug boat yards, the Bayonne Bridge and it’s connection to the Panama Canal Expansion project, and more from our expert narrators – plus,the chance to get an epic selfie at sunset with Lady Liberty.

Photo by ©Mitch Waxman


Thursday, 30 June from 6pm to 8pm
Pier 11 (South St. between Wall St. & Gouveneur Lane)

The 2-hour, fully narrated boat tour departs at 6 p.m. sharp. Boarding begins at 5:45 p.m. from Pier 11 Wall Street in Manhattan located on South St. between Wall St. & Gouveneur Lane.

Tickets: $30; $25 seniors.
For group sale rates, email

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