The Lightship Overfalls will open for the 2012 season on Memorial Day weekend and additional ship guides are needed to tell the ship’s story. Through the summer season, the ship on the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal will be open all days except Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The Overfalls Foundation is now recruiting guides to ensure a full complement as the season begins and no experience is required.
The Foundation is better prepared than ever to support the guides. The Ship Guide Manual has been enhanced, there is an expanded background reading list, the training program will continue and more experience guides are always available as a resource. Still, no matter the experience and background, being a guide is a constant learning process.
Serving as a ship guide is a unique volunteer opportunity in the area. The ship built in 1938, was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2011. This was the first such designation in Sussex County and the only one in Delaware with a maritime orientation. The ship guides are the ones who bring this historic maritime treasure to life for the visitors. It is both rewarding and enjoyable as the guides interact with people from all over the world.
The schedules are flexible and tailored to the needs of the guides. For more information, call George Elliott on 645-5071.
For those who would like to be aboard on Tuesdays, there are also opportunities. Tuesday is work day for the maintenance crew, known locally as the Dirty Hands Gang. They work on Tuesdays from 8-12:00. Those interested in this volunteer activity are invited to come to the ship on Tuesday mornings or call Bill Reader on 645-9290 for more information.