The Lightship is is now CLOSED for the season...We re-open Memorial Day weekend 2018...
New Years Eve anchor drop December 31st @11:30 PM ...

The Lightship Overfalls, located in Lewes DE, is one of only 17 remaining lightships out of a total of 179 built from 1820 to 1952.  Designated a National Historic Landmark in 2011, it is one of seven lightships in this country still open to the public.  (What is a lightship, you ask?)

The Overfalls Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization relying on your support to fulfill our mission.

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• 2018 Delaware Maritime Hall of Fame Nominations Are Now Being Accepted
  An introduction to the DMHOF can be read by clicking here. You can begin the nominating process by clicking here.
• December 31st, Overfalls New Years Eve Archor Drop
  This is our annual welcome to the New Year. Although the Ship is in for maintenance at the NJ shipyard, and with a little help from the Lewes BPW, we will "drop the anchor." As usual, there will be toasty fires and hot chocolate to warm you up and seasonal music to keep you moving (bring your own libations). Our celebration starts at 11:30 PM and is weather dependent. We can handle cold and wind but, unlike our faithful Overfalls, not rain, ice and/or snow!
• In Memorial - Capt. H. Hickman (”Hick“) Rowland (1940-2017)
  Sadly, the Overfalls Foundation announces the passing of ”Hick“ Rowland. His obituary can be viewed by clicking here.
• Thar She Goes !!!
  The Ship has been towed to the Dorchester Shipyard (click for information) for hull maintenance on Wednesday November 29th. Photos of the Ship leaving its slip and traveling the canal can be viewed here. The Cape Gazette article can be read by clicking here. See YouTube videos of the trip below.

• Overfalls Lightship as seen on
  Check out YouTube posted videos of the Overfalls Lightship as created by friends of Overfalls and local news organizations.
Lightship Travels to NJ Shipyard November 29, 2017
Wruff Wryder Production Cape Gazette
Leaving the slip Up the canal Leaving the canal

See us on WRDE See us on WBOC Watch a drone Fly-Over
• Delaware Museum Association Features the Overfalls Lightship
  The Delaware Museum Association highlights the restoration work done by the Overfalls' Dirty Hands Gang. to read their website article.
• Website Enhancement - Naming Opportunities
  The Overfalls Foundation now has the ability to show all donors who have purchased a “Naming Opportunity.” This list is searchable by “Owner” and/or by the “Item” purchased. to see those items purchased by our donors.
• The Overfalls Foundation Awards Three Scholarships
  The Overfalls Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of its 2017 Maritime Studies Scholarships presented to outstanding students who have made a definite commitment to maritime science. Those students are Will Geppert, Collin Birl and Kathryn Kreppin. To Read their achievements .
• Lowe's Rebuilds the Store and Welcome Center Front Porch
  The Lowe's store located at Five Points selected the Overfalls Foundation as the recipient of a community assistance project. The project replaced the aging porch of the Foundation's Ship's Store and Welcome Center and was completed in July 2016. for complete details.
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   St. Peter's Church Parrish Hall is located at 211 Mulberry Street, Lewes. Click here for directions.
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December 11, 2016


Drone Fly-Over



Leaving Lewes November 29, 2017



Overfalls Leaving the Canal November 29, 2017



Navigating the Canal November 29, 2017



Cape Gazette Reporting December 1, 2017



Wruff Wryder Production - Eric Davison