Trinity House
Lightvessel No. 80

- active lightvessel from 1914 until 1977 -


Technical data

Length o.a.: 35.51 m

Length: 31.70 m

Displacement: 317 t

Authority: Trinity House, London

Year of construction: 1914

Shipyard: H & C Grayson, Liverpool, England


Tender price:
Material: steel and iron



Seven Stones station

March 1948

breaking adrift


Seven Stones station

November 1950

major failure of the Hornsby engine


Seven Stones station


reserve-lightvessel on the East Coast relieving newer vessels, when they where withdrawn for refit

May 1977

withdrawn and sold to become the headquarter for the Sea Cadets Corps in Ipswich, Suffolk, England, renamed in T.S. Orwell and used as a training-ship for the Sea Cadets. During this time the lightship lost all its machinery and its optic

October 2004

sold for 5,000 £ to be scrapped against the wish of the members and even if there are people who probably would like to buy the ship and use it as an office

November 24th, 2004

the tugboat GOLIATH towed the ligthship from Ipswich to Hoo near Rochester

December 2004

the lightship was not scrapped but was for sale at Sothebys for 85,000 £. If someone has news, I would be grateful for an e-mail.