Lightship # 116-538 CHESAPEAKE


                          Welcome Aboard !!!        
updated 7 May 2023

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.

We have just obtained the ships Deck Logs for the years 1960 through 1970.  Each month file is about 55-80mb, which is too large to post on this web site.  We are working the issue to see if we can reduce the file size then cut each month into 15 or 10 day sections.  Please be patient.  If you are looking for one specific month/year, email me at: 

The volunteer work days for the second half of 2023 are still being scheduled.  

The lightship is open most days and tickets can be purchased on-line at the HSIB web site or at the new museum visitors center  on Pier 1.

The revised patch with DELAWARE is completed and in hand.  If you are a former crew member of WLV-538 when it was marked DELAWARE, send me an email at and let me know if you would like one, on us.

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  HEREThe Lightship passport stamp is shown to the right.

Please send any general questions on this web site or the Lightship Chesapeake 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 

        To order a WLV-538 patch from another

                    web site,  click HERE

  The  "90 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! 

 For former crew of the WLV-538 when she was DELAWARE (1966-1970):