Trinity House
Lightvessel No. 16

 

 

Sorry, no photo available

 

 


- active lightvessel from 1840 until 1945 -


Technical data

Length o.a.: 87.44 feet (26,67 m)

Length: 79.44 feet (24,23 m)

Beam: 20.98 feet (6,40 m)
Draught: 10.98 feet (3,35 m)
Displacement: 158 t

Authority: Trinity House, London

Year of construction: 1840

Shipyard: it is thought that she was built by William Pitcher of Northfleet

Yard-No.:

Tender price:
Material: wood
 

History

1840 ordered by Trinity House, London
1840-1945 SPURN, CALSHOT SPIT and INNER DOWSING station
1945 sold by Trinity House to the Benfleet Yacht Club
1983 transferred to a berth at the Medway Bridge Marina
1984 opened as a private members club

From 1989 until 2008

the lightship was used as the "Inner Dowsing Bar and Restaurant" at the Medway Bridge Marina in Rochester. The hull remains a good example of a wooden lightship, but the mast, lantern and most deck and interior fittings have been removed to provide increased accomodation.

2009

The lightvessel is under reconstruction, the restaurant is closed.

Visitor address:
Inner Dowsing Lightship
Manor Lane, Rochester
Kent ME1 3HS

UK

If anyone has a photo or any news, I would be grateful for an e-mail.