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 American Lighthouse Foundation, Inc.

P.O. Box 565

Rockland, Maine 04841

Phone: 207-594-4174


The American Lighthouse  Foundation is a  Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Organization dedicated  to the preservation of America's historic lighthouses.






The editorial below appeared in the Cape Gazette newspaper in Lewes, Delaware, on Tuesday, January 17, 2006...


Lightship Overfalls Group on a Roll


The Friends of the Lightship Overfalls group in Lewes continues its impressive efforts to preserve, restore and enhance the red-hulled vessel that has become such an icon for the canalfront in Lewes. In addition to investing thousands of hours of sweat-equity into chipping paint, cleaning out grime and years of accumulated dirt, and putting protective and attractive new coats of paint throughout the interior and much of the exterior, the group has doggedly pursued grants through public and private channels. Now all of those efforts are showing results.


Delaware’s Congressional delegation – Rep. Mike Castle and

Overfalls Lightship

Photo by Ann-Marie Trapani      

LV 118 "Lightship Overfalls"

Lewes, DE


Senators Joe Biden and Tom Carper – recently announced that a $275,000 federal “Save Our Treasures” grant has been approved to benefit the Overfalls.


On top of that, Delaware’s Department of Transportation has approved the group’s application for a $200,000 grant earmarked for transportation-related historic preservation.


The Overfalls group also won the agreement of Lewes Mayor and Council to administer the grant. Given the status of the Overfalls as contributing so directly to the city’s core value of having a historic relationship with the sea, and its positive role in economic development through attracting tourists, the city can easily justify the costs of administering the grant. With these funds in hand, the Overfalls can move confidently toward formation of a plan for long-term display and preservation.


Whether the vessel will be lifted from its muddy berth and set in a cradle or kept in place with mud pumped out and its slip stabilized with bulkheading is the big question.


Given the professionalism and tenacity of the Overfalls Friends group, that problem will be solved with equal dispatch, for the long-term benefit of Lewes.


Cape Gazette editorials are considered and written by members of the Cape Gazette editorial board which includes Dennis Forney, publisher; Trish Vernon, editor; Kerry Kester, associate editor; Dave Frederick, sports editor; Laura Ritter, news editor; and Jen Ellingsworth, art and entertainment editor.


To learn more about the Overfalls Lightship and the Overfalls Maritime Museum Foundation, visit



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