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Annual L.I. Sound lighthouse cruise returns

A cruise of eastern Long Island Sound’s beacons is set for June 5 to raise funds for the preservation and restoration of the offshore lighthouses of Southold Town, N.Y.

Organizers at the sponsoring East End Lighthouses group say this year’s cruise will be significantly different from previous years, but will still be departing from Orient Point, N.Y., and visit nine lighthouse sites.

This is the ninth year of the event, staged on the Cross Sound ferry North Star, and includes a continental breakfast, catered lunch, wine, historical narration and on-board sale of lighthouse memorabilia.

Lighthouses to be seen include Long Beach Bar (“Bug”), Orient Point, Plum Island, Little Gull Island, Latimer Reef, Watch Hill, North Dumpling, Race Rock, and Gardiner’s Point (location of former lighthouse and fort).

Tickets are $85 per person for members and $90 for non-members, with 300 total tickets available. Early reservations are suggested as this cruise is always sold out weeks in advance, according to organizers.

Reservations are also being taken by mail on a first-come-first-served basis for a cruise of Maine lighthouses.

The three-day cruise, June 25 to 27, will visit 10 Maine lighthouses, including three of the state’s most famous. Call (631) 477-4121 or e-mail eastlite@opton