Welcome to the Home page of the Web Site of the Volunteers of Lightship #116-538. We update different parts of this site monthly, so check back often and you will see the list of events updated, more photos added, revised list of items needed for the Lightship and other interesting information about this little known gem of Chesapeake Bay history. The "CHESAPEAKE" was the last active floating lighthouse, or Lightship, that was stationed in or near the Chesapeake Bay.
See the new Past Crew Member Visits page with some photos of the latest visit by one of the Lightships past crew.
The lightship patch is available on the Volunteer work days.
See the Events + volunteering page for the dates of most of the 2013 Volunteer work days.
We are constantly looking for past crew members of the Lightship # 116-538 and all photos of the lightship and crew, especially from the 1960s, to help us with the accurate restoration of the ship. We will provide one free lightship patch to each past lightship crew member. This INCLUDES all crew members who served on board during the NPS years in DC. If you served aboard her at any time, please contact us at the below email and see the dates of the volunteer work days for dates we would like you to come by and see the Lightship:
The ship is moored to Pier 3 in Baltimore Inner Harbor, right next to the Submarine Torsk and the aquarium. It is open for visiting with a paid admission to the Historic Ships In Baltimore museum, which was formed by the merger of the Baltimore Maritime Museum and USS Constellation Museum in 2009. Check the HSIB museum web site in our links page for times the museum is open and any discounts for military personnel. The HSIB Museum also maintains the Seven Foot Knolls Lighthouse and Coast Guard Cutter Taney on Pier 5 and the USS Constellation on Pier 1, in addition to the Lightship and Submarine on Pier 3.
Both the Lightship and Lighthouse participate in the US Lighthouse Society Passport program, so ink stamps for each are available at the entrance to both. Just ask the museum staff member on duty. USLHS Passport books can be purchased on the USLHS web site HERE . The Lightship passport stamp is shown to the right.
This site is paid for and maintained by the Lightship volunteers and is not an official web site of the Historic Ships in Baltimore (HSIB) museum.
updated 2 April 2013
The lightship patch
The "80 years" rocker for the Lightship patch
The USLHS Passport stamp for the Lightship CHESAPEAKE