Take a Light House Tour on
Crossings Staff Report
On Sundays, a rare and elegant tour of Bay
Area lighthouses can be had by the brave of heart. This is a
true maritime history tour that allows you to photograph
these historic lighthouses from a water-side view on board
the motor yacht, The Five Star Yacht. This US Coast Guard
approved yacht is used to carry from 30 to 59 passengers and
has a comfortable interior salon and outer decks for
join the tour on Sundays in Sausalito, near the Bay Model at
Schoonmaker Marina before the 1:00 pm departure. There is a
cash bar on board and snacks are served. The tour begins
with the 1883 Lime Point Light under the north side of the
Golden Gate Bridge and moves out to Point Bonita Lighthouse,
visiting Mile Rocks Light and Fort Point Light on the
return. Then the tour wanders along the south side of the
city and visits Alcatraz Lighthouse and Yerba Buena. A side
trip past Red Rock then brings you to East Brothers Light in
the middle of San Pablo Bay.
Bay Area is home to large number of historic lighthouses,
many with 1st order Fresnel lenses, like Point Bonita, whose
light can be seen some seventeen miles out in the ocean.
This is a major accomplishment for 1883 technology that is
still in use today. Unlike their East Coast brothers, the
Bay Area’s lights were never built up on high ridges, as the
fog would more quickly obscure the light.
Alcatraz light celebrated 150 years of
service on June 1st, and people’s fascination with such
structures remains undimmed. For the seaman’s eye view of
these lighthouses, you can join the Sunday tour and in
particular, on June 6th, the President of the US Lighthouse
Society, Wayne Wheeler, will narrate.