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Steering Wheels Stolen From Lightship Overfalls


LEWES, Del.- Two steering wheels intended for the historic Lightship Overfalls have been stolen.

The Lightship Overfalls is docked off Pilottown Road in Lewes and it was brought to Sussex County town in 1973, as a donation from the U.S. Coast Guard.

Since then it has been restored, repaired and opened as a learning tool and historic museum. 

Near the ship the Lightship Overfalls Foundation stored two steering wheels. Now both are missing.

The wheels were taken from a locked storage shed with no sign of forced entry, according to the group. People in Lewes were shocked. 

"This is a lovely area and the historical society people work very hard for that ship and it's a shame," said Rita Daniel.

"I'm surprised that it happened here," said Linda Rathmanner. "I thought people in this area had a little more respect for the history of the town and I was surprised when I heard that had been done."

The Lightship Overfalls Foundation said it will be meeting Friday to decide what happens next with the wheels.

It is considering putting a reward out for the return of the stolen items.  A police report has been filed. If have any information on where the steering wheels could be, you are asked to contact the Lewes Police Department or the Lightship Overfalls Foundation.

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