Photos: Aboard an East End Seaport Museum lighthouse tour cruise

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | A harbor seal just off the shore of Little Gull Island observes a seagull who landed shortly after he surfaced with a fish in his mouth.

About 50 people boarded The Peconic Star Express ferry at the dock behind the East End Seaport museum last Saturday morning for a six-hour lighthouse tour.

Despite Saturday’s rains, tourists were still given their fill of sights, including harbor seals off Little Gull Island, the tiny islands of North and South Dumpling and an inside tour of the “Bug Light,” which was recently visited by paranormal investigators who said they found evidence of a “ghost dog” named Brownie skulking its grounds.

Bob Allen, a descendent of Bug Light’s last operating lighthouse keeper, led the tour, educating folks about Southold’s waters and the tiny stretches of land spread throughout it, including Plum Island, a federal animal disease research facility.

The East End Seaport Museum often holds lighthouse tours and this Saturday’s tour will include the presence of one of Plum Island’s former lighthouse keepers.

For more information about the East End Seaport Museum and its lighthouse tours, call  631-477-2100 or visit

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