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This great-grandmother just had a fantastic helicopter tour of Graves Light with NowCityTours.com.

This happy great-grandmother just had a fantastic helicopter tour of Graves Light with NowCityTours.com.

The best way to see Graves Light is by boat or helicopter.

Graves Light and the surrounding Graves Ledge rock formation are private property.

The owners welcome boaters, kayakers, divers and others to enjoy viewing the lighthouse up-close, but from the safety of the water.

Please stay off the ledges. They are dangerous.

Lots of reputable dive tours can take you to explore around Graves Ledge. Our favorite is Boston Scuba (www.bostonscuba.com) with Captain Jim.

Lots of reputable dive tours can take you to explore around Graves Ledge. Our favorite is Boston Scuba (www.bostonscuba.com) with Captain Jim.

It is also very difficult and dangerous to attempt to land a boat on Graves Ledge. The sea swells are dangerous and can smash a boat on the rocks or crush and sink a boat under the dock.

There are NO AMENITIES on Graves Ledge or at the lighthouse:

    • No publicly accessible dock
    • No electricity
    • No fresh water
    • No food
    • No fuel
    • No plumbing
    • No sanitary facilities
    • No dependable cell phone coverage
    • No two-way radio
    • No first aid

Cellular phone service can be irregular, weak, or nonexistent, depending on the carrier, so do not depend on reliable cell phone service while around The Graves. Check your mobile phone provider’s coverage map for details: AT&T (we receive a strong signal on an iPhone, but signals vary), Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon. On the map search function, use the Zip Code for Winthrop: 02152.

We painted signs on the base of Graves Light to warn unauthorized visitors that they are trespassing.

We painted signs on the base of Graves Light to warn unauthorized visitors that they are trespassing.

The owners assume no responsibility for anyone not authorized to be on Graves Ledge. Unauthorized visitors to Graves Ledge are illegally on the property and will be treated as trespassers.

Although Graves Light is privately owned, it remains an active US Coast Guard aid to navigation, and trespassing may be considered a violation of federal law.

But that doesn’t mean that we don’t want the public to enjoy the the view from the air or water.

Presently the lighthouse is closed to visitors. We plan to change that, but it will take a while.

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  1. I grew up in Quincy, have our home in Squantum, and spend a lot of time on the harbor in a small boat or kayak. I learned about your project in the recent Globe article and think what you are doing is wonderful. I wondered what was going on at Graves Light! If you ever need volunteer labor, let me know.
    Best Regards,
    Rob Sheridan

  2. I grew up in Quincy and spend a lot of time on the harbor in a small boat or kayak. I learned about your project in the recent Globe article and think what you are doing is wonderful. I wondered what was going on at Graves Light! If you ever need volunteer labor, let me know.
    Best Regards,
    Rob Sheridan

  3. Just watched the PBS coverage. Very cool! Can’t wait to see it finished and happy to see you have a website dedicated to the site progress and history. Maybe someday I’ll get a chance to see it in person. Cheers!

  4. My husband’s family believes that his great-grandfather, Frank Morse, was the architect for Graves Light, or at least worked on the plans in some capacity. We are very excited about the renovations, and would love to visit when you are ready for visitors.
    Jeanne Masterman

  5. I was station on graves light in 1965 1966 I now live in florida in the villages Was one of my best experiences while in the Coast guard we work out of lifeboat station in hull mass Point alleton two weeks on one week off

  6. My grandfather, Harry Whin was an assitant keeper on Graves 100 years ago. I never got to see this great structure in person but very much enjoyed a program about the lighthouse a few months ago. When I was a youngster he told me of horrendous storms while he was stationed there. I remember him also telling me stories of a “flying santa” who dropped presents to lighthouse keepers but this was well after my grandpa was a keeper.

  7. Every day and evening I see Graves Lighthouse directly across the water, four miles from my home in Nahant. I follow your blog and have friends who have helped you in your preservation work. Congratulations to you for bringing back to life Boston’s ocean treasure.

    Anne Bromer

  8. I was the assistant keeper at Boston Light 1969 -1971 good to see Graves again , many visits there over my tour at
    Boston Light
    I’m currently a USCG auxiliary member
    Good luck

  9. Visited the Graves many times when in the Guard with the ATON group in the late 70’s. One of my favorite lighthouses to visit.

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