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History of LV21

LV21 Varne helicopter c.1980
LV21 VARNE 1983 © Ken Lubi
LV21 1987 © Ken Lubi

Built in 1963 Light Vessel 21 is a unique 40 metre steel-hulled lightship, the last of the renowned Philip & Son’s ships to be commissioned by Trinity House. LV21 saw most of her service off the Kent coast on the Varne, East Goodwin and Channel stations. In 1981 she was involved in the worst Light Vessel collision in which the Lightvessel had survived. She was retired from service in 2008.


1962 June – Ordered by Trinity House, London
1963 September 16th – Launched
1963 December – Handed over to Trinity House
1976 – Stationed at East Goodwin station
1980 – Varne station
1981 June – Collision at Varne
1988 – Converted to automatic lightvessel
1995 – Stationed at Channel station
1997-2001 – Stationed at East Goodwin station
2003 – Stationed at Seven Stones station
2008 – Decommissioned by Trinity House
Moored at Trinity House Depot, Swansea
2009 December – Acquired by Gary Weston and Päivi Seppälä


Length o.a.: 133 feet (ca. 40,54 m)
Length: 114 feet (ca. 34,75 m)
Beam: 26.5 feet (ca. 8,08 m)
Draft: 12.5 feet (ca. 3,81 m)
Commissioning Authority: Trinity House, London
Year of construction: 1963
Shipyard: Philip & Son, Dartmouth
England Yard-No: 1330
Material: steel (riveted)


 


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