Tour visits 8 lighthouses along Long Island Sound

Eyewitness News took a tour along the Long Island Sound where passengers see eight lighthouses. (WFSB)

A very unique tour shoves off three times a week from New London and explores historic lighthouses in Long Island Sound.

The tour on the Seajet Catamaran gives passengers, a waterfront view of eight historic lighthouses as well as several forts and islands.

"I think it’s great. It’s wonderful. We drive over the bridge and see some of these sights. We didn't know the history behind it and all of that it’s been really fun” Stan Mickus with Cross Sound Ferry said. "So far it’s been great. People really seem to like lighthouses. They really love lighthouses and this particular cruise lends itself to that."

Passenger Joe Cavanaugh called the tour “phenomenal” and “amazing.”

"Me and my girlfriend have been studying lighthouses around here for quite some time,” Cavanaugh said.

The two-hour tour goes out Wednesday,Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. People will experience history such as Connecticut’s first lighthouse, the New London Harbor Light.

"The United States Coast Guard kept ownership of the lighthouse until 2009 when the New London Maritime Society took ownership,” tour guide Edward Webb said.

"You get to see the lighthouses up close and it’s very good at the history of the Island and the area,” Ann Maxwell, of Niantic, said.

The lighthouse tours began just three weeks ago. On Wednesday, 183 went exploring with Eyewitness News. We saw the New London Ledge Lighthouse and Race Rock Lighthouse. The vessel also traveled all the way over to the lighthouse at Orient Point and Plum Island.

"They need to be preserved,” Webb said. “They are icons of our American History. We need to preserve them. I just love them."

To find out more information on the tour, click here.

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