Book Your Lighthouse Tour with the H. Lee White Maritime Museum!

Posted on August 28, 2023

Book Your Lighthouse Tour with the H. Lee White Maritime Museum!

BRIEF HISTORY OF THE OSWEGO WEST PIERHEAD LIGHTHOUSE

The Oswego West Pierhead Lighthouse was built to improve upon and replace the existing lights of Oswego Harbor in 1934. Still an active aid-to-navigation for Lake Ontario sailors, the Lighthouse is representative of the City of Oswego's rich maritime history, heritage, and culture. The Lighthouse was built as part of an extensive harbor enlargement project that involved the construction of new arrowhead breakwaters and enlarged anchorage. Designed by the Superintendent of Lighthouses, 10th District of Buffalo, NY in 1932-33, the Lighthouse was placed at the end of the new west-arrowhead breakwater nearly one-half miles offshore into Lake Ontario which required special engineering to withstand the high winds, heavy surf, and destructive ice common to the Lake. The St. Lawrence Seaway, completed in 1969, opened the Port of Oswego Authority to larger ocean-going freighters which further enhanced the need for continued and reliable aids-to-navigation. The lantern was automated in 1969 - ending the era of light-keeping as a profession in Oswego - and the original fourth order Fresnel Lens was removed and placed in the care of the Maritime Museum in 1995.

Today, in partnership with the City of Oswego, the H. Lee White Maritime Museum at Oswego serves as the steward of the iconic and historic station. Since 2012, our all-volunteer crew has worked tirelessly to restore the interior of the station, scheduled for completion in 2020. In 2018, the exterior of the Lighthouse was completely renovated above the caisson level.

TOURS TO THE OSWEGO WEST PIERHEAD LIGHTHOUSE

The H. Lee White Maritime Museum offers tours to the Oswego West Pierhead Lighthouse between mid-June and September of each year. Tickets are $30 per person, or $20 for ages 12 and under. Reservation required. For more information on dates and availability, visit our tour page.

Visitors to the Lighthouse should plan to spend roughly two hours (including transit) for their experience and our captains reserve the right to cancel or cut-short any trip due to weather or safety concerns.

BOOK YOUR TOUR TODAY

OSWEGO LIGHTHOUSE RULES

  • The captain is in charge while underway
  • Not recommended for children under 5 years of age
  • Children under 12 MUST wear a life jacket during transit
  • All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult
  • There are no restrooms at the Lighthouse
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure
  • Flat, rubber-soled shoes highly recommended
  • No smoking, alcohol, or food is permitted on site
  • The Lighthouse is not fully accessible
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