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Address: Pilottown Road, Lewes, DE
Phone Number: 302 645 7377

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Excellent Lightship Museum and tour

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Jeff m
Easton, Maryland
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Easton, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Wilmington, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

We really enjoyed our tour of the lightship and learned a great deal since we really weren't familiar with the duties of these ships back in the day along with the commitment and the dangers those sailors faced. Our tour guides were very knowledgeable and fun and we will definitely take guests back as something to do and see in... More 

Thank sarahandbrad2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

Closed for season but called ahead and guide met me there. WOW! Best maritime tour by great guide who turned every question into an interesting story.

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Lewes, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

To learn of the maritime history of one of the last remaining lightships, a tour of the Overfalls is highly recommended. Located adjacent to Lewes Canalfront Park, the ship is berthed on the Rehoboth and Lewes Canal and offers beautiful views of the surrounding area. Docents with the Foundation will give you a guided tour of both the exterior and... More 

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Wilmington, Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

Interesting visit thanks to knowledgeable tour guide. Unusual vessel with unique equipment, problems and solutions.

Thank riedar
New Gloucester, Maine
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Lovely in-town park along the canal. We came here at dusk one evening and fished in the canal for a couple of hours, catching a sand shark and some croakers. There was bioluminescence in the canal. It was quiet and lovely. The park was immaculate and well-lit; the lightship was beautifully and respectfully presented. There was a great blue heron... More 

Thank spiritonthewater
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

This ship is a fantastic free visit. Locals decided to refurbish it and ask for a $5 donation. This light ship was used for guiding ships at sea when light houses were not available. They operated for over 150 years through the beginning of WWII. guide was a local and very knowledgeable. A must see in Lewes.

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Easton, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

The Lightship Overfalls is a fascinating ship that should not be missed. Also interesting is the small museum located in the ticket office.

Thank jrepok
Holton, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The lightship over is docked close to the hotel in which we stayed.,The Inn at Canal Square. my seven-year-old grand twins enjoyed seeing the crews quarters and the kitchen (galley)and just being on a big boat generally. I was really interested by the history and use of such boats. It was a quick, (20-30 minutes) and interesting our for almost... More 


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