Special trip a grand slam for lighthouse fans

The lighthouse on Matinicus Rock is on the itinerary for a special 15-lighthouse tour planned for Saturday with the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company.

BAR HARBOR — Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company presents a special 15-Lighthouse Grand Slam Tour on Saturday, July 26.

The excursion will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and cover over 150 miles aboard Friendship V.

Lights visited will include Bear Island, Bass Harbor Head, Blue Hill Bay, Deer Island Thorofare, Eagle Island, Goose Rocks, Brown’s Head, Heron Neck, Matinicus Rock, Saddleback, Isle Au Haut, Burnt Coat Harbor, Great Duck Island, Baker Island and Egg Rock.

“Last year’s guests loved the trip,” said Zack Klyver, trip organizer and guide for Bar Harbor Whale Watch. “A number of them said they had seen all the Maine lighthouses except for Matinicus Rock, so we said, ‘OK, this year we will go west and see Matinicus Rock.’”

Lighthouse historian and author Jeremey D’Entremont is set to join the trip. He is the author of ten books on the subject including “The Lighthouse Handbook: New England.” He is also active with several lighthouse organizations. Bar Harbor Whale Watch lighthouse historians Bruce Carlson, Gene Torbeck and Zack Klyver will also be onboard to share stories and talk with guests.

Other highlights during the tour will include puffins, seals, porpoise, eagles, hundreds of islands, Little Cranberry Life Saving Station, coastal mansions, Ocean Drive, Acadia National Park and Vinalhaven Island. “Last year we had a bluebird day and an amazing tour.” Mr. Klyver said.

Mr. D’Entermont will be available to sign books. Passengers will receive a free commemorative map and scorecard of the day’s route and lights seen. Lighthouse Passports will be available for purchase for $15. Guests may collect stamps of lighthouses during the tour. When passport holders reach a certain number of stamps in their book, they may send it to the US Lighthouse Society to receive special patches.

Ticket prices are $139 for adults, $119 for seniors (62 plus), and $89 for juniors (16 and under). Ticket prices include a boxed lunch from the Bar Harbor Club. Please call 288-2386 for reservations or more information. In case of bad weather Saturday, the rain date for this trip is Sunday, July 27.

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