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4 FRIDAY, JANUARY 4- MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2013 NEWS Cape Gazette CELEBRATION IN LEWES Anchor drops on a brand- new year Larg crowd gathers at Overfalls to usher in 2013 New York City has the ball drop, Miami Beach has the orange drop and nearby Princess Anne, Md., has its stuffed muskrat drop. Lewes has an anchor drop on the Light- ship Oveffalls to join other cities with iconic ways to usher in the new year. The event is held at Canalfront Park and sponsored by the Overfalls Foundation; the lighted anchor was dropped from the mast of the ship to the deck 10 seconds before midnight with a large crowd on hand, most huddled around fu:es to ward off the chill. Once the an- chor hit the deck, a large blast from the ship's whistle officially marked the start of 20B. Foundation President Tracy Mulveny said the event started last year in celebration of the Overfalls being named a National Historic Landmark. "We wanted a fun, family friendly event that would wind down the holiday sea- son and signal a new year of activities sur- rounding the Lightship Overfalls," she said. "We hoped the celebration would become an- other tradition, honoring the maritime her- itage of the Lewes community. So far I think we have been very successful." Built in Maine in 1938, the Lightship Over- falls is one of the only two lightships built in the 20th century and was the last one to be commissioned by the U.S. Lighthouse Ser- vice. The vessel was donated to the Lewes Historical Society by the U.S. Coast Guard in 1973. The second annual event was attended by about 250 people, which is almost twice the crowd at the inaugural anchor drop. THE LIGHTED ANCHOR is ready to drop to start a new year. New Year's Eve revelers keep warm around a fire pit as they wait for the stroke of midnight. RON MACARTHUR PHOTOS Overfalls volunteer John Kyritsis helps guide the anchor to the deck of the famous ship. Overfalls volunteer John Mavromatis gets ropes and guide line untangled to ensure a trouble-free anchor drop. The Lightship Overfalls is aglow during the last few minutes of 2012.