Lewes in Sussex County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Lewes Maritime History Trail
It is a demanding, tiring, and dangerous job at which men and women risk - and sometimes lose - their lives for the safety of others and the protection of millions of dollars of shipped goods.
Many of the first Delaware pilots were Native Americans. Then Europeans learned the secrets of the Delaware and turned piloting into a formal profession. Early on, pilots competed for business, racing out to sea in small schooners to be the first onboard an inbound ship. But over time, they began to cooperate, and in 1896 The Pilots' Association for the Bay and River Delaware was formed.
Pilots now motor out from their headquarters just west of the ferry terminal in the safety of a sturdy launch and climb on ships still
Erected by City of Lewes.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Environment • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1896.
Location. 38° 46.933′ N, 75° 7.123′ W. Marker is in Lewes, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 9 north of Cape Henlopen Drive. Located within the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lewes DE 19958, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse (a few steps from this marker); Breakwaters (within shouting distance of this marker); Delaware Breakwater East End Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Cape May - Lewes Ferry (within shouting distance of this marker); The Legacy of Ted Freeman (within shouting distance of this marker); Unknown Sailors' Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Menhaden Fisheries (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lighthouses (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lewes.
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