Cape Gazette

Happy birthday! Lightship Overfalls celebrates 75 years

Lewes icon once served off New England coast
By Ron MacArthur | Jun 10, 2013
Photo by: Ron MacArthur Lightship Overalls Foundation President Tracy Mulveny raises a glass to toast the ship's birthday.

Only a handful of the hundreds of commissioned lightships remains, and it's a safe bet that none has been restored as well as the Overfalls docked in Canalfront Park in Lewes.

Thanks to efforts of the Overfalls Foundation and The Dirty Hands Gang, the lightship has become an icon in the Cape Region.

Volunteers took time out to celebrate June 4 marking the 75th anniversary of the launching of the ship at its first station at Cornfield Point off the coast of Connecticut on June 4, 1938.

Although a lightship served in the Delaware Bay from 1898 to 1960, the Overfalls in Lewes harbor never saw service in this area. Its second station was Cross Rip in 1958 off the coast of Cape Cod, and it ended its service in 1972 near Boston harbor. Lightship Boston was donated to the Lewes Historical Society in 1973. She was renamed Overfalls, which was the closest lightship station to Lewes.

Two actual Overfalls lightships exist; one is located in Portsmouth, Va., and the other is in Oakland, Calif.


A Lewes icon, LV 118 was launched June 4, 1938, and was put into service at Cornfield Point off the coast of Connecticut. It served two other New England stations before being donated in 1973 to the Lewes Historical Society. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Richard Perez of Lewes fires one his cannons to end the birthday celebration. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Tracy Mulveny cuts the official Overfalls birthday cake during a June 4 party in Canalfront Park. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
The Lightship Overfalls has been painstakingly restored by a dedicated group of volunteers led by The Dirty Hands Gang. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
A happy birthday banner hangs from the Lightship Overfalls during a party in her honor. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Overfalls supporters gather during a June 4 birthday party. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
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