English Lightships

Trinity House, the English lighthouse agency, continues to operate a number of lightships at stations in the English Channel and its approaches. These vessels are no longer crewed, but are used as automated lightfloats.

Thanks to Kent Charter Fishing (now called Haven Boat Charters) for providing these two photos.

Varne Lightship
Trinity House Lightship 19 on the Varne station south of Dover, 2005
photo copyright Haven Boat Charters; used by permission

East Goodwin Lightship
Trinity House Lightship 17 on the East Goodwin station east of Deal, 2008
photo copyright Haven Boat Charters; used by permission

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Posted August 1, 2008. Checked and revised September 26, 2017. Site copyright 2017 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.