Overfalls Lightship Scheduled To Return Next Week


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The Overfalls with a fresh coat of primer … photo by Donald Gansauer

The Overfalls lightship in Lewes was taken to New Jersey for a new paint job and to upgrade some of the zincs on her hull.  It was a process to get her out of the slip.  Tow Boat US Indian River with Captain Clarke Droney will meetup with the ship outside of the Roosevelt inlet and guide her to the slip in Lewes.  I was aboard Tow Boat when we helped move the Overfalls out of the Lewes canal.  Because you can’t tow a ship that large out of the Lewes canal without steering the stern.  Otherwise you could take out an entire marina.  She has to be towed, she doesn’t have an engine.  The Overfalls ship is scheduled to return Friday April 13.  So far the conditions for that day are looking good and this has to be done during high tide.  We will update you with any schedule changes.


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Overfalls Lightship undertow in the Lewes Canal

This move back to Delaware will be just in time for an annual breakfast.  “Attention Overfalls members! 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 along the canal in Lewes. There’s a possibility that the ship will return by then. Tickets for the breakfast buffet are $17 and are available on our website”  

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I am looking forward to seeing her back in the slip in Lewes.  The canal seems naked without her there.  We will keep you updated with any changes in the return schedule.

Fish On!

Rich King

Video By Chris Driscoll of the Overfalls being pulled out of her slip.

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