Light Vessel 21, Gillingham Pier, Pier Approach Road, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 1RX
Join the crew aboard LV21 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the launch of the vessel in September 1963. Light Vessel 21 is a unique 40 metre steel-hulled lightship, the last of the renowned Philip & Son’s ships to be commissioned by Trinity House. LV21 saw most of her service off the Kent coast on the Varne, East Goodwin and Channel stations. Explore the decks and get immersed in the half a century of maritime heritage whilst learning about both the important past the vessel played in guiding the mariners at sea and her future as a cultural landmark in north Kent. As part of the celebrations LV21 will be reunited with her original optic, kindly donated to the vessel by the Friends of St. Mary's Lighthouse with support from the Association for the Lighthouse Keepers. Visitors will be able to have a close up view and learn about the fascinating workings of the optic. Meet the crew, hear their fascinating stories and learn some vital nautical skills from mastering knots to communicating via signal flags, morse code and semafore. Or get creative and help the crew to turn 50 empty glass jars into a luminating celebratory lantern to mark the ship's big day. All materials provided. Suitable for all ages & abilities. Drop-in workshops operate on first come first served basis. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
This event took place in September 2013 and the entry is now archived.
Please wear suitable flat, non-slip shoes and note that access is limited with steep staircases throughout the vessel. Please contact LV21 if you want to discuss any access issues in more detail.
Max 100 people per tour/event. Please note that under 16s must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
For directions please see http://www.lv21.co.uk/contact-us/ Map link.
Date last modified: 9th August 2013 at 15:54