For a long time now I’ve always wanted to get a closer view of that little lighthouse I’d see sitting in the bay whenever I headed towards Orient Point. It would always catch my eye when I drove by, or when I stopped to take photos in the area, and it would tease me since I have always wanted to take some great photos of it but I just didn’t have a long enough lens to reach it from shore (that, and I was never up for hiking the beach from Orient Beach State Park to reach the sand bar which would put me just a few yards from the back of the lighthouse). That lighthouse, of course, is known as Bug Lighthouse.
“For many years, Bug Light steered sailors to safety from its location between Orient Harbor and Gardiner's Bay, welcoming them to the protected waters of Peconic Bay. More important, Bug Light was a warning beacon for navigators rounding the hazardous sandbar at Long Beach.”[i]
I recently had the pleasure to get up close, and even go inside, on a guided cruise to the lighthouse which is done by the East End Seaport Museum in Greenport. Our tour started in Greenport upon the Peconic Star, normally a fishing charter boat which doubled perfectly as a tour boat, which brought us to the lighthouse. Once we docked at the lighthouse we were able to enter the lighthouse and enjoy the views from the platform surrounding it. I was really just interested in getting close so going inside and getting a lecture from a man who grew up helping his father care for the lighthouse was just an added bonus which I really enjoyed (supposedly the lighthouse is haunted, now that was an interesting tidbit of info). I wish I spent more time in there photographing some of the details inside and out, I guess I’ll just have to go again next year, oh well.
If you’d like more information on the lighthouse or on cruises to this lighthouse, as well as other east end lighthouses, please visit the East End Seaport Museum.