Take a Virtual Tour of Amazing Lightship LV50
May 24 @ 8:00 am - December 31 @ 5:00 pmFree
Blyth’s historic lightship (a floating lighthouse), the LV50, is re-engaging with people virtually this Northumberland Day, to still take its magnificent experience and heritage out to children and adults alike, whilst it is unable to greet people in person.
LV50 was built in 1879 in London and designed by one of the architects of the Plimsoll Line. She weighs a whopping 205 tons, is 100ft in length and is built very much like an 18th century fighting ship. She, like other lightships, worked in highly dangerous locations where it is impossible to build lighthouses. Such vessels had to warn ships and boats of hazards at sea, using a beacon and a fog signal. LV50 has a reed fog horn and a single revolving lantern. These were state-of-the-art when first designed and most lightships only had two fixed bright lights. LV50 warned shops of dangers through a flash pattern sent out by her lantern and her fog horn.
LV50’s first location was one of the most dangerous in the Britain – just off the Isles of Scilly on the Seven Stones Reef. She was then moved to a sandbank called Shambles off Weymouth, then to other locations such as the seas off the Isle of Wight, Calshot Spit near Southampton and then to a location North East of Felixstowe.
Discovering more about this amazing vessel is now possible thanks to a virtual tour at https://friendsoflv50.org.uk/tour.htm The LV50 website also has new online primary school resources to make use of, so head to these resources this Northumberland Day and enjoy your virtual tour of such a magnificent vessel.