Trinity House
Lightvessel No. 21

- active lightvessel from 1964 until 2009 -

Technical data

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)

Authority: Trinity House, London

Year of construction: 1963

Shipyard: Philip & Son, Dartmouth, Devon, England

Yard-No.: 1330

Material: steel (riveted)


June 1962

ordered by Trinity House, London

LV 21 is the last of the Philip´s ships to be built for Trinity House

September 16th, 1963


December 31st, 1963 handed over

East Goodwin station

1980 converted to automatic lightessel
June 28th, 1981

damaged in collision with the ore carrier "Ore Meteor" in tow by "Suzanne M" and taken for repair to Southampton. Here you can read, what happened that day from the view of a former crew member.


Channel station


East Goodwin station

October 20th, 2003

The lightvessel is still in the Trinity House fleet and used at the Seven Stones station.

2008 Retired from service
July 31st, 2009

Trinity House offers the lightvessel for sale at Trinity House Depot in Swansea, England

2009 It was acquired by Gary Weston and Päivi Seppälä
December 21st, 2009

The lightvessel was towed by the GPS Marine’s tugboat NAPIA to Medway and was berthed at Gillingham pier today. As soon as the initial renovation work is complete it will be transformed into a floating cultural facility designed to provide a range of services promoting and supporting the creative industries in the Medway area and beyond. Good luck for your project, Gary!
Visit the lightship at:

January, 2010

The former crew member Brian Packham visited the lightship in Medway and was interviewed by BBC Radio Kent and web team. He told about his experiences on board and his memories of the collision at Varne in 1981.

If someone has news or photos, I would be grateful for an e-mail.