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Delaware Bay Summer Cruises Set to Sail

Did you know that there are lighthouses out in the Delaware Bay? Have you ever seen the sun set on the Bay? The water looks like liquid gold and provides perfect photo ops. The Delaware Bay Lighthouse Keepers & Friends Association offers the opportunity to view all of this plus learn the background of the lighthouses and the history of the Bay.

This year two Saturday night cruises are planned—a sunset cruise on Saturday, July 20 and a moonlight cruise on Saturday, August 3. The July 20th four-hour cruise will go to Ship John Shoal light and points north in the Bay while the August 3rd five-hour cruise will go to Harbor of Refuge Light and south in the Bay. Lighthouses visited are Miah Maull, Cross Ledge, Elbow of Cross Ledge, Fourteen Foot Bank and either Brandywine or Ship John. Harbor of Refuge Light will be visited on August 3.

Both cruises leave from NJ State Marina (Higbee’s slip #5) in Fortescue (the “Weakfish Capitol of the World”) aboard the U.S. Coast Guard approved Bonanza II. You are asked to be at the dock at least one half hour before the departure time of 4 p.m. Besides the beautiful, relaxing scenic cruise, you can learn the background of each lighthouse and the history of the Delaware Bay. The cruises are narrated by former members of the U.S. Coast Guard.

For reservations and further information, contact Maxine or Rod Mulligan (856-691-8224 or The cost of the cruise is $45 for adults and $20 for children ages 5 to 12. You are asked to bring bug spray (just in case), a jacket and a box lunch if you wish. Soda and water are provided.