Guillemot Lightship dispersal sale – November 2012

At the end of November I popped over to Waterford to view Keighery’s (City Auction Rooms) sale of the residue contents from the ill-fated “Guillemot Lightship Maritime Museum”. It turned out to be something of a wild goose chase as several of the best items had been withdrawn due to ‘official’ intervention. However, despite the withdrawals, there was still plenty of interest in the sale.

Among the museum’s rare and interesting contents that went under the hammer was the large Guillemot bell, binnacle, shipping lights, mast heads, old photos, paintings, maps, charts as well as model ships, old cork life jacket and oil skins, antique driving boots and porcelain lifebuoys. There was also a fair amount of rubbish in the sale and I was surprised to hear that the total realized was in excess of €16,500. A sad end to yet another failed Irish preservation scheme!

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The Guillemot’s bell which sold for a paltry €500!

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An interesting board – presumably from the Commissioners of Irish Lights HQ in Dun Laoghaire – showing the disposition of various lightships. Withdrawn prior to auction.

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Above what would have been the star item in the sale, an ultra rare plaque – far more impressive than my poor photo indicates – which was carried aboard CIL vessels. Withdrawn prior to auction.

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