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Lightship Overfalls, Lewes

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LV-118 is one of the 17 remaining lightships out of 179 that served to protect ships for over a century. It was stationed off the coast of Long Island, Boston Harbor and Martha's Vineyard. In 1973, it retired to Lewes, Delaware, the first town in the first state.
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  • While visiting the area we decided to check this out for “something different”. We have two young children (6 yr and 3 yr old). While we found it interesting our six year old (who was very well behave...  more »
  • The tour guide was very knowledgeable "Tobie" and personable.The fee was reasonable. Centrally located to the town of Lewes  more »
  • Unfortunately, it had been taken 'off site' recently and was not available for us to tour! We were very disappointed. However, it was fun to visit the area and get a good feel for what a unique place ...  more »
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  • A restored lightship as it was when in service. Crew quarters, mess, officers quarters and engine room tours. The guides do a great job with historic details. Kids love it. Nothing like they've done before. Well worth the time. The organization has done a great job of preserving history.
  • Go on the tour! Lots of information presented. A unique story is told here for just $5 per person that benefits the foundation that maintains the Overfalls.
  • Lightship Overfalls LV 118/WAL 538 Lighthouse The Overfalls Lightship Station was located near the mouth of Delaware Bay, roughly three miles east of Cape Henlopen and 8.5 miles southwest of Cape May, and marked the Overfalls Shoal where the shallowest spot had a depth of only ten feet. Just four different lightships serviced the station between 1898 and 1960, when a buoy was used to mark the location. LV 101/WAL 524 had the longest tenure at the station, being anchored therefrom 1926 to 1951, and is now permanently docked at Portsmouth, Virginia where it is open to the public as a museum. WLV-605 bore the station mark OVERFALLS on her sides from when she was built in 1951 until the station was discontinued in 1960. A crew of fifteen was assigned to WLV-605 when a reporter visited her in 1955. One seaman and an engineman were on watch at all times, and a four-hour watch was typically served followed by eight hours off. The men lived aboard for twenty-one days and were then treated to an eight-day leave.
  • Great tour! If you like Maritime history this is a great stop!
  • An important part of our coastal history many people don't even know about. The amount of work that goes into taking of this by both workers and volunteers is worth it for this living museum
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