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Thursday, 5 November 2015

Light from the Past


Pre-google apps and sat-nav.  OK there are still tug boats to guide ships through the harbours and up rivers but not like this early version of a lightship.  The first ships were of wooden construction, but after 1936 they were all steel.

Lightship 93 was built in 1938 and currently is berthed at the Royal Victoria Docks.   More on the history of the area tomorrow.

6 comments:

Bill Nicholls said...

Saw one like it in Dundee many years ago

Lowell said...

This is a wonderful composition and that ship is so very interesting. It doesn't look much like the tugs of today.

Jenny Woolf said...

Ooh, super picture. I saw a lightship being towed down the Severn canal once, an impressive sight on a canal (admittedly it is quite a wide canal) in the English countryside.

Sharon Anck said...

I've never seen anything like this. Very interesting.

William Kendall said...

A lightship is a new term to me.

Adullamite said...

Dangerous work Lightships. Moored by anchor in rough areas at sea they occasionally came loose and were driven by storms onto rocks. I think their motor, if they had one, was feeble.
There was one in St Katherines dock years ago.

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