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Lightship Portsmouth Museum

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Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. It was very interesting. Something that we had not heard... read more

Reviewed 30 August 2018
Uniontown, Pennsylvania
A real lightship

One of only 15 US lightships left in existence today, it is a testament to those who served our... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2018
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Reviewed 30 August 2018

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. It was very interesting. Something that we had not heard about before. If you like to visit lighthouses, this is your place.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 10 July 2018

One of only 15 US lightships left in existence today, it is a testament to those who served our nation in keeping our harbors and waterways safe for ships to transit. Bruce who served in the Navy as a Yeoman onboard the USS Ticonderoga (CV-14)...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 22 June 2018 via mobile

Had a delightful time learning about lighthouse ships. The guide was friendly and knowledgeable. No admission fee, donations accepted. Great for kids with short attention spans.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 6 February 2018

This is a small venue that is worth the stop if you are nearby - but I would not go out of my way to see it. Its not that its bad, its just not so much to see. It looks neat and the local...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

Even though I've lived here many years never visited. What a little gem. Our host, Les, was great. He was not only informative and entertaining, it was apparent how much he enjoyed sharing his vast knowledge and answered every question. I would recommend 30 minutes...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

So what do you do when you're living on a boat? Why visit a museum about a boat! This is a Lightship from 1915. It's not light, but has a light on it & served as a lighthouse where none could be built. Eventually Texas...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

The lightship is small but interesting. The guide told the history of ship and answered all questions. It's worth seeing if you're in the area.

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed 3 February 2017

We went to see the Lightship because we had no idea what it was.It turned out to be fascinating to the 3 granddaughters as well as my husband and I.Lightships were stationed near harbor entrances when the terrain on shore provided no place to build...More

Date of experience: September 2016
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Reviewed 27 October 2016

The docent was very knowledgeable. The lightship is not very large and only 1 deck is open to tourists, but it is very interesting. I had never heard of a lightship until I moved to Portsmouth and I retired from the Navy. Well worth the...More

Date of experience: September 2016
Reviewed 14 September 2016

Went with two grandchildren (11 & 13). Everyone enjoyed seeing the ship and the guide made everything interesting.

Date of experience: August 2016
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