Lightship Overfalls back home in Lewes

Historic vessel returns just in time to celebrate its 80th anniversary
April 26, 2018

It took a little longer than expected, but by 8:30 p.m., April 26, the historic Lightship Overfalls was back at Canalfront Park in downtown Lewes.

The historic vessel had spent the last several months at Dorchester Shipyard across the Delaware Bay in New Jersey, where it underwent routine maintenance to preserve its hull and got a new paint job.

The lightship sat just off the Lewes coast for most of the day waiting for the tide to be just right before moving in through Roosevelt Inlet and down the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal to its home at Canalfront Park. 

Interested onlookers waited for hours on the beach at Roosevelt Inlet and along the canal for a rare glimpse of the Overfalls moving along the water.

Overfalls Foundation President Al Didden, standing in the shadows as the tugs and volunteers worked to line the vessel up for gangplank access, said the towing, hull work and painting cost in the vicinity of $200,000.