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Friday 18 March 2016

Helwick


The Helwick, official name Light Vessel No. 91, was built in 1937 and was originally stationed in Humber. In 1971, the Helwick was repositioned by tug to the near coastline of Rhossili, Being a lightship, its on-board engine was used solely to power its eight 110 volt, 650,000 candle power lamps. Here it ended its official service in 1977.

After its retirment, the Helwick was purchased by Swansea Museum and it now resides in Swansea Marina. Sometimes, though not often enough, the vessel is open to exploration. I will try and catch the next open day and post some pictures of its interiors here...