Trinity House
Lightvessel No. 14

ex. Helwick
"Goleulong 2000 Lightship"

- active lightvessel from 1953 until 1988 -



Technical data

Length o.a.: 137,25 feet (approx. 41,80 m)
Length: 119 feet (approx. 36,30 m)
Beam: 25 feet (approx. 7,60 m)
Draught: 15 feet (approx. 4,60 m)
Displacement: 550 t
Authority: Trinity House, London

Year of construction: 1953

Shipyard: Phillip & Son, Dartmouth, England

Yard-No.: 1246

Contract prize: 80.685 £, profit 3,185 £

Crew: 7 men


September 1951

ordered by Trinity House, London






handed over to Trinity House, London



Kentish Knock station

03.04.55-03.08.56 Outer Gabbard station
23.10.56-24.10.56 Cowes station
24.10.56-25.08.59 Morecambe Bay station
13.02.60-16.02.60 Scarweather station
20.07.60-21.05.63 Royal Sovereign station
23.08.63-15.01.76 Breaksea station
1975 a landing platform was added, so that the crews could be trensferred by helicopter
04.06.76-27.10.83 Scarweather station
25.02.84-01.06.89 Helwick station

sold to Norsail Ltd, Maryport for 29,000 £


sold to become Church Fellowship Centre, Cardiff Bay and renamed GOLEULONG 2000

1993 with considerable help from Cardiff Bay Development Corporation LV 14 was purchased for 70,000 £. LV 14 was drydocked for 2 weeks at Marine und Port Service in Pembrok for a full inspection. Restoration to create a floating Christian Centre needed another 150,000 £
September 1993 the lightship was towed to Cardiff

the lightship is now a church ship and can be visited in Cardiff, Wales, Great Britain. The Lightship provides a bold central focus for the Churches of Wales and will be home to a centre for counselling, worship, exhibitions, meetings, a book shop, refreshment area and the cabins will be used for small residential stays, especially designed for youth groups. There is a small chapel (with beautiful bulleyes) where weddings and holy communions take place. To visit the vessel, including light tower, engine room and cabins is free.

Opening hours:
Monday to Saturday 10 am to 5 pm
Sundays 2pm to 5pm

Visitor address:
Goleulong 2000 Lightship
Waterfront Park
Harbour Drive
Cardiff Bay CF10 4PA

Homepage of the Church ship