Lightvessels in Ireland

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Lightvessels in Ireland describes any lightvessel or lightfloat previously stationed off the coast of Ireland. The Commissioners of Irish Lights are responsible for the majority of marine navigation aids around the island of Ireland.

Lightvessels[edit]

Kittiwake lightvessel for sale in 2009 moored in River Liffey


Name Built By Where Length Breadth Depth Frame Decks Cost £ Withdrawn Fate Notes[4]
Palmer's Light 1735
1768   Replaced by Poolbeg Lighthouse
Richmond 1806
Oak Oak, teak and elm 1,500 1826 Broken up  
Seagull 1824 W. Roberts Milford Haven 67 20 Oak Oak, teak and elm 1,659 1864 Sold First purpose-built lightvessel
Star 1825 W. Roberts Milford Haven 67 20 9 Oak Oak, teak and elm 1,841 1855 sold  
Relief 1826 W. Roberts Milford Haven 67 20 Oak Oak, teak and elm 1,841 1867 Sold  
Brilliant 1832 Brady's Dublin 67 20 Oak Oak, teak and elm 1,983 1867 Sold  
Seagull II 1853 Charles Hill & Sons Bristol 82 21 11 Oak Oak, teak and elm 3,651 1867 Sold.  
Petrel 1854 Charles Hill & Sons Bristol 82 21 11 Oak Oak, teak and elm 3,800 1867 Sold.  
Brilliant II 1856 Wheeler Cork 82 21 11 Oak Oak, teak and elm 3,200 1913 Sold.  
Star II 1857 Wheeler Cork 82 21 11 Oak Oak, teak and elm 3,200 1862 Sold.  
Star III 1862 Charles Hill & Sons Bristol 91 21 10 Oak Oak, teak and elm 4,189 1911 Sold and scrapped.  
Relief II 1863 Charles Hill & Sons Bristol 91 21 10 Oak Oak, teak and elm 4,189 1925 Sold.  
Gannet 1865 Charles Hill & Sons Bristol 91 21 10 Oak Oak, teak and elm 4,189 1928 Sold and scrapped. when stationed at DAUNT, run into by Largo Bay, in 1884
Comet 1867 J & W Dudgeon Cubitt Town, London 91 21 10 Composite ship Wrought iron Teak 5,750 1905 Sold and scrapped.  
Shamrock 1867 Walpole, Webb & Bewley Dublin 96 21 10 Oak Oak, teak and elm sheathed with muntz metal. 5,125 1936 Sold day markers were introduced
Osprey 1868 Walpole, Webb & Bewley Dublin 96 21 10 Wood Wood 5,125 1915 Sold.  
Albatross 1875 Fletcher & Farnall, Milwall London 91 21 10 Wood Wood 5,625 8 September 1902 Salvaged and sold. Run down and sunk on Kish by RMS Leinster.
Cormorant 1878 Victoria Shipbuilding Co Passage West, Cork 91 21 11 Iron Two thicknesses of 3-inch teak, sheathed with muntz metal 7,500 1942 Salvaged and sold. Renamed Lady December and moored at Hoo, Near Rochester, Kent.
Torch 1881 Milford Haven Co Milford Haven 91 21 11 Iron Two thicknesses of 3-inch teak, sheathed with muntz metal 8,100 1945 Sold and scrapped.  
Puffin 1887 Schlesinger Davis & Co Wallsend 91 21 11¼ composite composite 6,000 8 October 1896 Salvaged, beached at Rushbrooke, scrapped on beach. Sank during storm on Daunt, 8 October 1896, crew of 7 lost.
Shearwater 1894 Allsup & Sons Preston 96 22⅔ 11¾ Steel sheathed with teak Teak sheathed with muntz metal; 7,900 1955 Sold and scrapped. watertight bulkhead
Guillemot 1894 Allsup & Sons Preston 96 22⅔ 11¾ Steel sheathed with teak Teak sheathed with muntz metal; 7,900 28 March 1917 Sunk by a German submarine crew survived
Kittiwake 1898 Allsup & Sons Preston 96 24 12 Steel sheathed with teak Teak sheathed with muntz metal; 7,900 1956 Sold and scrapped. first to have an engine to work the windlass and the first fitted with oil engines for the siren
Seagull 1901 Allsup & Sons Preston 96 24 12 Steel sheathed with teak Teak sheathed with muntz metal; 7,900 28 March 1917 Sunk by a German submarine Crew survived
Fulmar 1904 J. Reid Glasgow 96 23 12¼ Steel Iron 6,600 1964 Sold for scrap Five watertight bulkheads
Comet II 1904 J. Reid Glasgow 96 23 12¼ Steel Iron 6,740 1965 Became Radio Scotland Crew rescued by RNLB Mary Stanford 1936
Penguin 1910 Dublin Dockyard Dublin 100 24 12¼ Steel Iron 7,230 1966 renamed Hallowe'en, as a Youth Adventure Sea Training Vessel 1995 Maritime Museum at Inveraray Pier
Tern 1912 L. Hawthorn & Co Leith 102 24 13¼ Steel Iron 7,420 1967 Sold and scrapped Wireless
Petrel 1915 Dublin Dockyard Dublin 102 24 13¼ Steel Iron 10,310 1968 Club House for Down Cruising Club, Strangford Lough now privately owned
Guillemot 1923 Cran & Somerville Leith 102 24 12½ Steel Steel 17,700 1968 now Wexford Maritime Museum Set in concrete at Kilmore Quay. Scrapped in 2011.
Albatross 1925 H. Robb Ltd Leith 102 24 13¼ Steel Iron 15,650 1970 sold to Scouting Association of Ireland now privately owned in Arklow
Gannet 1954 Philip and Son Dartmouth 134 25 15 Steel Steel 95,200 still in service as an automatic light float  
Osprey 1955 Philip & Son Dartmouth 134 25 15 Steel Steel 98,100 1975 Sold Moored on the Seine, Paris as the Batofar Restaurant
Shearwater 1955 Philip & Son Dartmouth 134 25 15 Steel Steel 98,100 1976 Sold for scrap  
Kittiwake 1959 Philip & Son Dartmouth 134 25 15 Steel Steel 124,128 2005 Sold moored beside O2 (Point Depot), Dublin
Skua 1960 Philip & Son Dartmouth 134 25 15 Steel Steel 124,128 2005 Rotting at the North Quay of Arklow Harbour The "Blue Planet" charity are seeking restoration funds[5]
Cormorant 1964 Charles Hill & Sons Bristol 133 26½ 19½ Steel Steel 145,750 1983 Sold  

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.irishseashipping.com/news/2009/02_2009/02_2009.htm
  2. ^ Klempau, Iris. "Irish Lightvessel Osprey – Lightship Batofar". www.feuerschiffseite.de. Retrieved 31 October 2009. 
  3. ^ Klempau, Iris. "Lightship PETREL". www.feuerschiffseite.de. Retrieved 31 October 2009. 
  4. ^ "Lightships in the Irish Lighthouse Service". Commissioners of Irish Lights. Retrieved 1 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "Blue Planet Charity". Lightship Skua, promoting renewaible energy. Retrieved 28 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "End of service for the Coningbeg". Enniscorthy Echo. 15 March 2007. Retrieved 31 October 2009. 
  7. ^ "Beat the Boat: Batofar". www.batofar.org. Retrieved 1 November 2009. 

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