Joining The World Lighthouse Society

Welcome to the World Lighthouse Society blog.

The Society is open to everyone and joining is very easy. To join or get more information please contact the Administration Officer by emailing

There is a once only only administration fee of GBP£ 22.00 (35 Euro) (40US$) Payment can be made through the Paypal website.

Once you are a registered member you will receive a free CD The Glossary of Lighthouse Terminology - WLS designed and produced. You will also receive your password to the members area of our website

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Tour America's only steam-powered lighthouse tender
Learn to tie knots like a sailor
Turn the wheel
Find out lighthouses and buoys help ships find their way
Hear about life and work on board a Coast Guard ship
Discover how steam made the ship go

Open House New York Weekend
Returns to LILAC
Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15
2:00 to 7:00 PM

Free admission
Join us!

Thursday, 5 October 2017

National Lighthouse Museum October Events

October Events!
We invite you to join us for any or all of our October events.
October 14, 2017 Hudson River Boat Tour

Saturday, October 14th we will again tour the magnificent Hudson venturing as far as Tarrytown, NY. It's Fall Foliage time!

Click the link below to learn more and register.
Beacon of Hope Festival

Rocktober 15th is the day of the Beacon of Hope Festival at our Museum Plaza. Great live entertainment for a worthy cause.

Tickets are $10 online and $15 at the gate. Click the link below to learn more and purchase tickets.

Lecture: The Burning of the Quarantine and the Aftermath

Sunday, October 22nd, Dr. Robert Marraccino and Dr. Michael Vigorito return to speak to us concerning the riots and burning of the Quarantine and resulting consequences.

Tickets are $10 for guests and members are free, but we request that members register for the event.

Click below to learn more, purchase tickets and register.

New Jersey lighthouses and museums host Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey Oct. 21-22

CAPE MAY - Lighthouses and select museums throughout the state will host the Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey weekend on Saturday, Oct. 21 and Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017.
Challenge yourself to visit each participating lighthouse over the weekend as you tour the state to help raise funds for continued lighthouse preservation.
These majestic beacons have played an important role in New Jersey's history, guarding mariners and protecting our coasts for three centuries. Lighthouses serve as a reminder of American ingenuity while honoring the values of safety and heroism. Visit the lighthouses and museums on the Challenge for an opportunity to learn more about state and national maritime history.
Begin the Challenge at any of the participating 11 New Jersey land-based lighthouses, two life-saving stations or one museum, and purchase a souvenir lanyard ($2).New this year: obtain a pin unique to each site to commemorate your participation in the event. Also new this year: East Point Light and U.S. Life Saving Station 30 are both newly restored and open to the public.
Hours of operation for each lighthouse can be found at participating lighthouse and museum websites and at
The Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey is also on Facebook where lighthouse fans can communicate with other fans.
            The following lighthouses and museums are participating and invite the public to take advantage of this special weekend to support and preserve the maritime history of New Jersey:
  • Absecon Lighthouse (Atlantic City)
  • Barnegat Lighthouse (Barnegat)
  • Barnegat Lighthouse Historical Museum (Barnegat Light)
  • Cape May Lighthouse (Lower Township)
  • East Point Light (Heislerville)
  • Finns Point Light (Pennsville)
  • Hereford Inlet Light and Delaware Bay Lights Virtual Tour (North Wildwood)
  • Navesink/Twin Lights (Highlands)
  • Sandy Hook Lighthouse (Fort Hancock)
  • Sea Girt Lighthouse (Sea Girt)
  • Tatham Life Saving Station 35 (Stone Harbor)
  • Tinicum Light (open, but not for climbing) (Paulsboro)
  • Tucker's Island Light at Tuckerton Seaport Museum (Tuckerton)
  • and U.S. Life Saving Station 30 (Ocean City)
Night climbs will be offered at Absecon, Cape May and Tucker's Island Light at Tuckerton Seaport.
Proceeds support the preservation of these sites. For further information including directions and map of participating lighthouses go to

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Saving Tasman Island’s Lighthouse Heritage – support the dedicated volunteers and be rewarded!

A 2005 visit to Tasman Island, one of the most spectacular lighthouse stations in Australia, with the Tasman Peninsula Rotary Club, was the catalyst for the formation of the Wildcare group Friends of Tasman Island.  Over the past 11 years, an impressive range of conservation & maintenance work has been carried out by their volunteers during 25 self-funded working bees.  Each working bee (10 volunteers for 10 days) contributes around 650 volunteer hours. 
Here’s a 2-minute pitch video about the group, their work and their latest project -
Their current campaign: Tasman Island’s Lighthouse Heritage aims to raise $AUS 16,537 to restore the Sunroom and Front Verandah of the historic Lighthouse Keepers Quarters No 2 to its former glory.  Details of the project are on their campaign page.  They have already raised $9, 692 and the campaign ends on Friday 6 October.  
Photo by Erika Shankley

All their rewards would make beautiful presents including their exclusive Lighthouses of Tasmania tea towel or you can simply make a donation.  You can support their campaign by pledging now at:
For more information on Friends of Tasman Island go to 

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

New Member: Friends of Tasman Lighthouse

The World Lighthouse Society welcomes new member organization, the Friends of Tasman Lighthouse, Tasmania, Australia. We're looking forward to learning more about them in an upcoming post on this blog. For now, click on this link to view a video about the group:

NLM Sponsors Hudson River Lighthouse Boat Tour October 14, 2017

Hudson River Lighthouse Boat Tour presented by the National Lighthouse Museum, Saturday, October 14th, 2017 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm - (tides will determine the ending time).  Leaving from the NY Waterway Pier at the World Financial Center located on the Hudson River at Vesey St. and North End Ave.
Presenters will narrate the cruise as we view the Little Red Lighthouse at Jeffrey's Hook, Ambrose Lightship, Frying Pan Lightship, Lilac Light Tender and the Titanic Memorial Light. Presenters will also note significant New York City sites and relate historic tales. We'll learn about West Point, Stony Point and the Tarrytown Light while viewing the magnificent Palisades and fall foliage.
This trip takes place, rain or shine and leaves promptly at 1:00 pm.  Refreshments will be available on board, but feel free to bring your own snacks. Tickets are $60 Adults, $40 Children (under 10yrs.), $50 Military and Seniors (62+).
For info/Reservations

Friday, 18 August 2017

National Lighthouse Museum Boat Tour

East River through Hell Gate to Long Island Sound as far as Execution Rock Lighthouse

Saturday, September 16, 2017
11 am - 2 pm
Leaving from: World Financial Center Pier
                       Vesey St. and North End Ave.
                       On Hudson River
                       NY, NY 10048

Knowledgeable  presenters will be on board to share the history and little know facts of the historical Lighthouses and sights along the way.

Rain or Shine.

May bring own refreshments, only small coolers/ or light refreshments to be purchased on board.

Adults $60 Seniors $50 Children ( under 10) $40

For info/reservations : Lighthousemuseum .org
                                    Tel.# 718 390 0040