Thursday, July 20


a once in a lifetime opportunity

Little Gull Island – extended trips

for Plein Air Artists and Photographers

This is a chance to land at Little Gull Island and explore the 1-acre landscape as well as inside Little Gull lighthouse (est, 1802, current tower 1867) across several hours.

It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for photographers and plein air painters to work on a remote island.

In partnership with the Little Gull Light Foundation, we are offering three different extended-length trips out of New London, CT, aboard the high-speed Silver Eel. All three trips take place Thursday, July 20 (rain date is Thursday, July 27).

Our guide is Matthew Male, a Great Gull summer resident over four decades. Matt writes: ‘You can expect to see Flocks of foraging seabirds, including Common and Roseate Terns, possibly some Shearwaters and Petrels. Three Brown Pelicans were spotted on June 19 at nearby Great Gull Island, which have probably moved on ,but we can hope…

Dolphins and Porpoise have been sighted in Long Island Sound in July.

On Little Gull we can expect to see the young of the year gulls and cormorants and possibly an Oystercatcher or two.’

Tour the island and learn a bit about its history and about the creatures that live there, and of the life of a lighthouse keeper. Matthew Male was one of the last civilians inside the keepers quarters before it was gutted, during the automation. He even took the toilet seat, for the outhouse on nearby Great Gull, as well as the Keepers desk . During the 1980s Matthew got 7 pairs of terns to nest on the island, but now the early spring on Little Gull is dominated by gulls and cormorants, and a small colony of Common Eiders (their first colony in Long Island Sound in years.) and Grey and Harbor Seals. You may see his wildlife photography on facebook.

A few artists/photographers may choose to remain on the island for both sessions — all eight hours — to allow for more than some snapshots.

Sign up today!




July 15 and August 5

Rare & Special Excursion to Little Gull Island Lighthouse

This is the rare opportunity to land at Little Gull Island and explore inside the Little Gull lighthouse (est, 1802, current tower 1867) all the way up to the lantern. Working with the Little Gull Light Foundation, we are offering four, two & one-half hour trips out of New London, CT, aboard the high-speed Silver Eel.

Last year’s four trips sold out quickly.

Additional trips may be added if there is the demand.

This privately owned lighthouse is up for sale, so public tours may never be offered, again!

Please make your reservation by midnight at least THREE DAYS in advance of the trip — i.e. by midnight the Tuesday prior to your Saturday trip. Reserve tickets now.


most weekends this summer

Explore Inside New London Ledge Light

Come on — climb up into the lantern room at Ledge Lighthouse!

Take a 15-minute boat ride from the New London waterfront to reach the lighthouse, explore the light for about one hour, then return home.

Thanks to a grant from the New London Water Authority, tickets for New London public school students and their family members are just $5, each.

Visit Ledge Lighthouse

Tour the area’s lighthouses with the one who knows them best. There is every variety of lighthouse within reach of our harbor and the New London Maritime Society owns three of them! On the boat out, view nearby lighthouses and learn their stories, then land at New London Ledge Light and explore inside all the way up to the top

Book your tickets today!*

* We have 10 seats still available for today’s inaugural trip!

Looks like the rain will hold off — If you’d like to come, please be at the New London water taxi dock at 2:10 PM with cash for your ticket fee. And don’t forget to wear sneakers!


every Saturday & Sunday at 11:45 or by appointment.

Visit Inside New London Harbor Lighthouse

Sign up now for tickets for all Harbor Light tours through September, 2023.

Thanks to a grant from Veolia – the NL Water Authority, we again can offer $5 tickets to visit inside both Harbor and Ledge Lighthouses to New London public school children and their family members!

Harbor Light visits take 40 minutes. Book a tour for up-to five people: click to sign up online, or email to schedule a custom tour during the week. Tickets are $35, $30 for NLMS members, $25 youth through age 18.


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