Bell from Light Vessel LV.10. sells on eBay

LV 10 BELL 1

The bell from the Trinity House light vessel LV .10. complete with the original clapper and bell toggle/rope. The bell, 12” in diameter at the base and 11” tall, weighing in at around 12 kilos sold for £561-00 on the 3rd July. A fine piece of maritime heritage which has hopefully gone to a good home.

LV.10. was built by Philip & Son, Dartmouth, Devon and launched in 1951 serving initially on the Helwick station. In 1984 she was converted to an Automatic Light Vessel and saw further service on the Sandettie and Sunk stations. I think she is still in service but will have to check with Trinity House.

Men of the Lightship (1940) now on YouTube

By strange coincidence the Men of the Lightship film that I referred to in my post here

https://insatiablecollector.wordpress.com/2012/09/13/men-of-the-lightship-1940-dvd/

was uploaded to YouTube on the 28th December, 2012. A British WW.II. propaganda film concerning the bombing and sinking of the East Dudgeon lightship on January 29th 1940, and the crew’s attempted escape.

Interestingly the video makes a point about the gentleman’s agreement that had existed between the warring parties that lightships would not be targeted but omits to mention the WW.I. sinking of the “Guillemot” lightship off Arklow by German submarine in March 1917. I will come back to this topic at a later date.