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. The list of events is updated every few weeks. This little known gem of Chesapeake Bay history was the last active floating lighthouse, or Lightship, that was stationed in or near the Chesapeake Bay.
The 2015 volunteer work day schedule is posted on the Events and Volunteering page.
A volunteer completed 2 days of research at the Archives in DC this past June. It will take quite some time to organize all the copies of Deck Logs and Crew Muster lists obtained, so check back to see the new documents.
Just posted(Oct): 1945 crew muster lists.
The lightship patch is available on the 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 planning for the 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 visit 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.
Please send any general questions on this web site or the Lightship to:
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.
The lightship patch
The "80 years" rocker for the Lightship patch
The USLHS Passport stamp for the Lightship CHESAPEAKE. If you visit and desire a stamp, ask the staff on board and if they say they can't find it please ask if any volunteers are on board and if not then ask them for the "Chief" of the day. It is ALWAYS on board!