the present-day lightship FEHMARNBELT was built as a three masted
schooner with a set of emergency-sails at the G.H. Thyen-Shipyard
WWI positioned on SUEDERPIEP station
||participation in the "Dagoe-Oesel-Operation"
fitted with wireless radio
||engine lifeboat obtained, so that the crew became
installation of a 6 cylinder Kloeckner-Humboldt-Deutz main engine
with 300 HP/275 U, speed 8,6 knots
||AUSSENEIDER station abandoned
stationed at P11 and P15 station in the German Bight. After the
repairs of the war damages, lightship AUSSENEIDER came back as reserve
lightship for the AMRUMBANK station
final takeover of the lightship by the authority "WSA Kiel", who
are responsible for the Baltic Sea area and installation of a more
modern radio and a new radio beacon
complete modernization: the lightship lost its fore
and main-masts and got its extraordinary looking four leg mast.
The light got a four-fielded rotary lens with a focal distance
of 250 mm and 1000 W 110 V. A bridge house was built and from
the former crew area the shipyard created double cabins. After
that the lightship was renamed to RESERVE HOLTENAU and served
the FLENSBURG, KIEL and FEHMARNBELT stations
||installation of a radar- and air fog signal
||electrification of the anchor installation
||the former North Sea lightship was again used for
the ELBE 1 RES station for a short time
the lightship served as reserve lightship on the KIEL station
in 1962, the
first lightship FEHMARNBELT was rammed and damaged heavily by
the Polish freighter "Polanicza". 2 crewmembers of the lightship
lost their lives. It was decided to repair the ship. The old ship
got the name RESERVE KIEL and was scrapped in Bremerhaven in 1968.
From 1965 the previous lightship RESERVE HOLTENAU was renamed
FEHMARNBELT and positioned on FEHMARNBELT station
the call signal "DBBD" which still exists today was awarded the
of a third support diesel engine because of the constantly growing
number of electricity consuming equipment on the lightship
||change of the wooden lifeboats to those made from
||The crew set up as follows: 1 captain, 1 chief-engineer,
2 radio-operators (until 1980), 1 boatswain, 2 engine operators,
5 sailors as well as 1 cook. The crew was changing every second
week on Tuesdays.
after 76 years on duty the lightship was decommissioned today
and replaced by an unmanned automatically working buoy
Now an exciting time started for the lightship, because it was
brought to the island of Sylt to produce the film "The Lightship"
with Klaus Maria Brandauer. For the interior shots, the interior
equipment was removed and brought to the film studios in Munich
- a lightship in individual parts.
During this time the association "Feuerschiff fuer Luebeck e.V"
was founded in Luebeck. The basic idea of this association was
and is the conservation of the lightship. The symbolic purchase
price would have amounted to 150.000, - German Marks. So the ship
was rebuilt according to original records and can now be viewed
in Luebeck at the music and congress hall.
20 years, the former lightship "FEHMARNBELT" got back its old
radio beacon mast in spring 2004. During decommissioning in April
1984, the lightship lost its mast since it would not have fitted
with the film works, that took place that year. After the ship
visited the city of Kiel in summer 2003, they were asked if there
is still interest in a return of the mast. After quick agreement
of the necessary details, a truck took the mast back to the city
of Luebeck some days later. There it was stored at first and was
installed in the old place this spring. Many members of the non-profit
association, but also the innumerable marine aid friends are pleased
about the new/old look of the lightship. The association "Feuerschiff
fuer Luebeck" e.V." would like once more to thank all people involved
for their kind help.
(Press note August 2004 lightship FEHMARNBELT C. Ruediger)
From September 5th until September 17th, 2005 the lightship visited
the Gebrueder-Friedrich-Wharf in Kiel for overhaul. We were allowed
to stay with the crew for this 12 days and would like to say "thank
you" again for this wonderful time.
19th to 22nd, 2008
This June a very
special meeting took place, which was a first in maritime circles:
The Meeting of the German Museum Lightships FEHMARNBELT, ELBE 1
and ELBE 3 from 19th to 22nd June 2008 at the Ueberseebruecke in
Hamburg. We accompanied the lightship with the longest journey to
the meeting and back - the lightship FEHMARNBELT from Luebeck. With
a car the journey from Luebeck to Hamburg takes an hour - on the
water the ship took three one day stages in each direction, plus
three days in moored in Hamburg meant FEHMARNBELT was away from
home for nine days. From a total of 3,500 pictures a picture story
emerged, that can be found here.
|June 3rd, 2009
What is that? Some visitors of the lightship will ask. Below
the lantern the lightship sport further lights, which are not
meant for illumination the deck, but are fog-spotlights. In bad
visibility you switch on those lights and illuminate the fog all
around the lightship so it is seen better.
|August 22nd, 2009
For the occasion of
the 25th birthday of the lightship assiciation "Feuerschiff
für Lübeck e.V." this special cancellation with
the lantern of the lightship will be issued on the 22nd of August
In the summer from May to September, the lightship leaves her
berth in Luebeck and visits the most different events along the
Baltic coast. The summer timetable can be found here
(in German language).
During the winter season from November until May the lightship
is open to the public every second Sunday of the month from 11
am until 2 pm. Entry is free and you are welcome to enjoy some
food and beverages while visiting the ship.
lightship can be viewed by groups or individuals. Groups please
register under the telephone number 0451 - 7 60 68 (answering
machine) previously. Individuals can visit every Wednesdays from
€ 1,50 adults
€ 1,00 children (under 12 years)
Feuerschiff fuer Luebeck e.V.
Media Docks, Willy-Brandt-Allee, 23554 Luebeck
information (in German):