Bath museum celebrates autumn with cruises, tours

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BATH — Maine Maritime Museum marks autumn this month with three new programs.

“Haunted Lighthouse Cruises” will be held 2-5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, and Friday, Oct. 23. Tickets, which include museum admission, are $45 for members, $50 for non-members, $25 for those younger than 17, and $4 for children younger than 6.

Sally Lobkowicz of Red Cloak Tours will guide the trip along the Sasanoa River, passing through Hells Gates on the way to the mouth of the Sheepscot River. The cruise will pass Hendricks Head Light, and reveal the story of a ghostly female figure garbed in white who walks the shoreline.

The trip continues to the Kennebec River and Seguin Lighthouse for the particularly gruesome tale of another haunting; other tales of lighthouse hauntings will follow.

Landlubbers may prefer a tour of famous captains and shipbuilders entombed at Oak Grove Cemetery. Guided trolley tours will be offered 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, and Monday, Oct. 26. The cost for members is $20, non-members are $27, and tickets are $12 for those younger than 17.

Along with containing a wide variety of symbolic memorial art, the cemetery also reads as “a virtual who’s who of 19th and 20th century maritime families,” which the tours will explore, according to an Oct. 5 museum press release.

A “Pirate Party Cruise” for ages 21 and older will run from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. Tickets cost $50 for members and $55 for non-members. Since seating is limited, registration must be completed in advance.

It’s the museum’s last Kennebec River cruise of the season, and participants are asked to garb themselves as pirates, and “(L)et your inner pirate out for a little debauchery and nautical nonsense.”

Captain Black Jim Spudcake and his crew will tell stories of their seaborne adventures. Beer and wine will be served at the cash bar and hors d’oeuvres will be available.

Log onto or call 443-1316 for more information on this month’s events.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

Hendricks Head Light is one attraction of the “Haunted Lighthouse Cruises” being offered this month by Maine Maritime Museum in Bath.

A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.