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Address: Pilottown Road, Lewes, DE
Phone Number: 302 645 7377
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A Unique Type Vessel and a Great Tour Guide

Most people know about lighthouses along the shore and many tour them. But here is a lighthouse at sea!! The ship has been well restored to reflect its mission and be accessible... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Larry F
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Rochester, New York
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Rochester, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Most people know about lighthouses along the shore and many tour them. But here is a lighthouse at sea!! The ship has been well restored to reflect its mission and be accessible to the public. Guides are offered and ours (Dave) was exceptional. It was a hot September day and he did everything to make our tour comfortable and safe... More 

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Lewes, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lewes has SO many great pieces of history, including the Overfalls lightship. And the docents are very knowledgeable, or visit the small gift shop. Well worth the time to visit (several hours). Take plenty of pictures.

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed learning about the history of the light ship. Our guide was very knowledgable and the tour took about 30 minutes. Could access most of the ship.

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Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you love history and boats this is a must see. The gentleman that give the tour are extremely knowledgeable of the history of the town. Good visit.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Very cool historical lightship. Tour was quaint and had personal tour guide through ship. Steve was the best.

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Thank Jodi O
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2016 via mobile

Really nice tour of a lightship. Knowledgeable and eager tour guides. Only 5 dollars to visit ... Good for families, adults, kids.... I highly recommend a stop if you are in the area.

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Lewes, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

I went on the Overfalls with my daughter, wife, son in law and teenage (14) Grandaughter. The $5 er person donation (used for her upkeep and preservation) was money well spent for the guided tour. Talking to the volunteer guide makes everything on board come to life. One really begins to understand what it was like to be anchored offshore... More 

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Thank Ken C
Lewes, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2016

Interesting maritime history lesson of life on a US Coast Guard lightship in the 1900s. Tour the ship with a knowledgeable volunteer who truly wants to bring this fascinating piece of history to life.

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Easton, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

Delmarva Peninsula has a rich maritime history. The Lightship Overfalls is a wonderful addition to that tradition. This National Historic Landmark represents one of the few remaining lightships and one of the very few that can be toured. If you are a lighthouse fan, lightships may be the one type of coastal warning system you have not seen. The ship... More 

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Monroe, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

Our guide, Ray, was very informative and helpful. He knew his stuff. The tour of the ship was thorough and kept the attention of our two children ages 9 and 14. I would recommend a visit if you are in the area. From the deck to the engine room, we had a great time. The kids even got a chance... More 

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