was saved when the Overfalls Maritime Museum Foundation formed and
refused to let her die.
Thousands of hours of volunteer labor brought her back to her former
Bill Reader, the Overfalls manager of
the Overfalls restoration said, “This electrical project was a major
step in our restoration, both from the points of view of aesthetics
members want to lift the Overfalls out of the water, place it in a
permanent berth and repair the hull and structural ribs.
formed the Overfalls Maritime Museum Foundation in 2000. It didn’t
take long for restoration to begin in earnest.
Restoration of the Overfalls Lightship has been an on-going project
for the past seven years. The superstructure, crew’s quarters, and
engine room have previously been restored.
In October, the Overfalls was towed to the Colonna Shipyard in
Norfolk, Va., for extensive hull reconstruction.
the Norfolk shipyard as the Overfalls foundation searched for money to
build a permanent slip.
The Overfalls is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in
Lewes, Delaware. (See www.overfalls.org.
The Overfalls was built in East Boothbay, Maine in 1938 and first
served on the Cornfield station, near the mouth of the Connecticut
River in Long Island
the Overfalls Maritime Museum Foundation (OMMF) and, in 2001, were
granted title to the ship.
planning and those that may affect the Overfalls in the longer term,
and ultimately the need for management beyond any single issue.
The Overfalls is underway after 30 years
Help arrives from the Delaware Launch Service
A new home for the Overfalls will be built here with your
donations-contact Elaine Simmerman
Capt Bruce Aldred underway
The Overfalls Foundation is proud of its accomplishments to date,
plans for the future and is
Overfalls Lightship gets a new coat of paint
Foundation is also prepared to take the Overfalls story on the road
with a PowerPoint presentation to groups.
The Overfalls group also won the agreement of Lewes Mayor and Council
to administer the grant.
The Overfalls Maritime Museum Foundation
Post Office Box 413
Lewes, DE 19958-0413
Latitude: 38.7779915107, Longitude: -75.
damage in a December, 1970 storm, the Overfalls was taken out of
service in 1971, and decommissioned in 1972.
The Overfalls Project team is lead by CEMARE (University of
Portsmouth), together with Homarus Ltd and Offshore Environmental
core of the Overfalls Maritime Museum Foundation’s mission “to
collect, preserve, honor, and teach the maritime history of Lewes, the
Delaware Bay, and the coastal region.
The Overfalls had a distinguished career before the Coast Guard
donated it to the Lewes Historical Society in 1973.
storm, the Overfalls was taken out of service in 1971 and
decommissioned in 1972.
The Overfalls, above, commissioned in 1938 as part of the U.S.
The Overfalls is one of seven lightships still open to the public.
The Overfalls is among seven of the lightships still open to the
public, according to the group.
The Overfalls (LV118) has been restored by
a group of volunteers to keep this piece of history alive for all to
The Overfalls history it was stationed at three different lightship
stations: first, at Cornfield Point off the coast of Connecticut, then
at the Cross Rip Station off the coast
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The Overfalls is one of just seven lightships in the United States
still around and open for tours, Humes said.
about a week cleaning the Overfalls so they can open it up for tours,
used to build a new berth and bulkhead for the Overfalls at its
Tours of the OVERFALLS were conducted upon request to the
Lewes Historical Society from April to Labor Day.
The tie in with Old Saybrook and the OVERFALLS (CORNFIELD) is that the
lightship stood off Old Saybrook for many years before her other
assignments in Boston Harbor and Delaware Bay.
The Overfalls is open for tours during the summer, and has a
merchandise for sale onboard in the Ship's Store.
person and the Overfalls lightship is one of the local icons. So a
model of the Overfalls lightship seemed to him to be the next thing to
For more on the ship and the Overfalls Maritime Museum Foundation go
The Overfalls was a floating lighthouse that was recently restored by
members of the community and now proudly sits on the Lewes-Rehoboth
the Overfalls, hiking, kayaking, golf, food and shopping, Kenton said.
Reader said that the Overfalls Foundation has more than 400 members.
happen until 1999 when the Overfalls Maritime Museum Foundation was
formed by a group of volunteers.
The Overfalls Lightship (LV118) was built in 1938 and served as a
“floating lighthouse” off the East Coast of the United States until
The Overfalls (LV118) is 114 feet long and 26 feet wide, has a draft
of 13 feet, and weighs 412 tons.
The Overfalls Lightship (LV118) takes its name from the Overfalls
Shoal located at the mouth of the Delaware Bay, and the four
lightships, all named Overfalls, which served at
gravel in an area called the Overfalls, a chain of offshore banks
lying east of the Isle of Wight and covering an area of about 6 square
could permanently damage the Overfalls and destroy the ability of the
site to support the species and quantities of fish for which it is
renowned (the potential damaging effects of shingle dredging are
dredging licence for the Overfalls, which they initially did for the
Hanson application, its an unsatisfactory approach to marine
protection, and hence why the Overfalls has become a case study
was flat calm either side of the overfalls - and the standing wave was
The Overfalls lightship has a new website at www.overfalls.org and is
now legally owned and operated by the non-profit organization, the
Overfalls Maritime Museum Foundation, Inc.