On This Day in Trinity House History – 9 June

1989

The Last Manned Lightvessel

The last manned lightvessel, at the Channel station, is towed to Harwich, and an automated and unmanned lightvessel left in her place, closing out over two and a half centuries of manned service.

In the early 20th century, there were near to 100 of these red floating lighted vessels around the coast, each with a crew of seven men on at one time (rotated through a total of eleven men), demanding a vast network of clerks, mechanics, superintendents, victuallers and boatmen to keep the lightvessel service running.

Channel Lightvessel by Ambrose Greenway

Channel Lightvessel by Ambrose Greenway

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