This ideal point of the estuary, this centre of memories, is marked upon the steely gray expanse of the waters by a lightship painted red that, from a couple of miles off, looks like a cheap and bizarre little toy.
Coming in from the eastward, the bright colouring of the lightship marking the part of the river committed to the charge of an Admiral(the Commander-in-Chief at the Nore) accentuates the dreariness and the great breadth of the Thames Estuary.
But where were the tugs and the lighters and the barges, the lightships
and the buoys, and all those countless attributes which went to make up the myriad life of the ancient Thames?
Tenders are invited for Hiring of security guards for directorate of lighthouses and lightships
Waterway manager at the Canal & River Trust, Chantelle Seaborn, said: "Removing the Lightship
was the last thing we wanted to do but we were left with no choice.
, Lighthouses, and Lifeboat Stations: A Memoir and a History
The 50-year-old Goleulong 2000 lightship
has been berthed in Cardiff Bay since 1993, welcoming up to 70,000 visitors and worshippers a year.
Group is based in Orlando, in the US state of Florida.
For 39 years, the vessel guided transatlantic shipping from Nantucket Shoals lightship
station to and from the U.
Planet was the last manned Mersey Bar lightship
until 1972, and later the UK's last manned lightship
when repositioned off the Channel Islands until withdrawn in 1989.
Cha r i t y t r u s t e e Bob Richmond said: "I'm now happy to conf irm that we own the lightship
According to Paul Madden, in an article written for the Nantucket Lightship
Basket Museum, it was during lightship
duty that many basket makers worked, creating a "production line that turned the bottoms, wove the staves, and finished the baskets.