The Lightship is is now CLOSED for the season...We re-open Memorial Day weekend 2018...
April 14, Breakfast with the Mayor at Irish Eyes, see below...
May 25, Overfalls Opening Party, see below...

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
  The Delaware Maritime Hall of Fame is honored to have Rear Admiral Samuel Cox, Director of Naval History and Commander of the Naval History and Heritage Command, as our guest speaker for the banquet this year. Our DMHOF banquet will be held on Saturday, October 13, 5:30 - 9pm, at the Lewes Yacht Club. This year October 13th is “Navy Day.” An introduction to the DMHOF can be read by clicking here. You can begin the nominating process by clicking here.
• April 14 - Breakfast with the Mayor at Irish Eyes
  Join us on Saturday, April 14, at 8:30 am for our annual Overfalls Foundation Breakfast With The Mayor! Our meeting will be held at Irish Eyes Pub & Restaurant, 213 Angler’s Road, Lewes, DE 19958. Our honored guest, Mayor Ted Becker, will share his vision for Lewes along with updates on the various Committees he chairs - Canalfront Park Marina, Capital Projects and the Planning Team as it impacts the Overfalls Foundation. AND we’re hoping to provide you all with a great view of the refurbished Overfalls Lightship floating in her newly dredged slip – SO BRING YOUR CAMERA! Click here for reservations and additional information.
• May 25th, Overfalls Season Opening Party - “OUR 80TH BIRTHDAY BASH & BENEFIT”
  Save the date - The Overfalls Opening Party and Auction will be held on Friday, May 25, 6-9PM, at the Virden Center. There will be great food, drink and music for you to enjoy. Take the opportunity to bid on the many items that will be available in the auction. This annual event is a great way to start the summer and party with friends while supporting the Overfalls. Details to follow

Greetings From the President

As the year draws to a close let us reflect on some of the events and happenings of the 2017 season. The opening party held at the Virden Center, University of Delaware was a great success raising sustaining funds for ship upkeep and preservation. Many thanks to the Opening party Committee for all the dedicated work and volunteer hours spent in numerous planning sessions.....Click here to read the entire message from Albert Didden, President

• Thar She Goes !!!
  The Ship has been towed to the Dorchester Shipyard (click for information) for routine 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. Photos showing Overfalls entering the dry dock and undergoing maintenance can be seen here.

• Overfalls Lightship videos 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 Watch a drone Fly-Over
See us on WBOC (Dec 2016) See us on WBOC (Feb 2018)
• 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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October 28, 2014



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


WBOC - Madeleine Overturf reporting

February 21, 2018


If the sound does not immediately come on place your mouse on the viddeo screen and click on the “speaker” symbol in the lower right hand corner.