Nantucket Lightship Public Tours

Step aboard the historic Nantucket Lightship, a floating lighthouse docked at Pier 6, for free public tours!

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PLEASE NOTE: Public tours scheduled for Oct. 9, 16, 23 and 30 have been cancelled.

Known as the “Guardian Angel of the North Atlantic”, the Nantucket Lightship (WLV612), an historic ‘floating lighthouse,’ was the last lightship in service to the United States Coast Guard and was decommissioned in 1985. The Lightship served on four stations, including San Francisco, Blunts Reef, Portland, Maine and Nantucket South Shoals. The WLV612 is the only lightship that has gone through the Panama Canal twice and is today the only fully operational lightship in the United States. Out of 167 lightships that served from 1820 to 1985, the WLV612 is 1 of only 12 remaining US lightships.

The Nantucket Lightship will be open to the public between 1:30PM – 5:30PM on Sundays through October 30 and will host a public lecture series while docked at Brooklyn Bridge Park along the northern edge of Pier 6.

See all of the Lightship’s public events here.

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