Spurn Lightship

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Spurn docked in Kingston upon Hull, England
Name: Spurn
Owner: Hull City Council
Builder: Goole Shipbuilding and Repairing Co Ltd, Goole[1]
Launched: 1927
Completed: 1927
Out of service: 1975
Status: Museum ship
General characteristics
Type: Lightvessel
Tonnage: 200 GT
Length: 100 ft (30 m)
Beam: 24 ft (7.3 m)
Draught: 10 ft (3.0 m)
Depth: 14.5 ft (4.4 m)
Spurn Lightship

The Spurn Lightship (LV No. 12) is a lightvessel (i.e. a ship used as a lighthouse) currently anchored in Hull Marina in the British city of Kingston upon Hull, England. The ship was built in 1927 and served for 48 years as a navigation aid in the approaches of the Humber Estuary, where it was stationed 4+12 miles (7.2 km) east of Spurn Point.

On 15 April 1959, the lightship was driven ashore in the River Hull at Woodmansey, Yorkshire.[2]

The lightship was decommissioned in 1975 and bought/restored by Hull City Council in 1983 before being moved to Hull Marina as a museum in 1987. It is usually open between early April and end September. Access is free but has been at weekends only in the last year or so because of staff shortages. Wheelchair access is not possible. Sensible shoes must be worn and small children closely supervised.

The museum closed in June 2018, in preparation for the vessel being relocated in September, to facilitate a footbridge being constructed over the adjacent A63. It was expected that the museum would reopen in 2021 after undergoing conservation work and a relocation to a new position on the marina.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Light Vessel 12 Spurn". Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Picture Gallery". The Times (54436). London. 16 April 1959. col D, p. 12.
  3. ^ "Spurn Lightship will be moved as footbridge is built over A63". Hull Daily Mail. 30 May 2018. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Hull's Spurn Lightship moves berth for bridge works". BBC News. BBC. 5 September 2018. Retrieved 16 September 2018.

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Coordinates: 53°44′26.3″N 000°20′17.39″W / 53.740639°N 0.3381639°W / 53.740639; -0.3381639 (Spurn Lightship)