Spurn Lightship facts for kids
Spurn docked in Kingston upon Hull, England
|Owner:||Hull City Council|
|Builder:||Goole Shipbuilding and Repairing Co Ltd, Goole|
|Out of service:||1975|
Quick facts for kidsGeneral characteristics
|Length:||100 ft (30 m)|
|Beam:||24 ft (7.3 m)|
|Draught:||10 ft (3.0 m)|
|Depth:||14.5 ft (4.4 m)|
The Spurn Lightship (LV No. 12) is a lightvessel (i.e. a ship used as a lighthouse) currently anchored in Hull Marina in the British city of Kingston upon Hull, England. The ship was built in 1927 and served for 48 years as a navigation aid in the approaches of the Humber Estuary, where it was stationed 4 1⁄2 miles (7.2 km) east of Spurn Point.
The lightship was decommissioned in 1975 and bought/restored by Hull City Council in 1983 before being moved to Hull Marina as a museum in 1987. It is usually open between early April and end September. Access is free but has been at weekends only in the last year or so because of staff shortages. Wheelchair access is not possible. Sensible shoes must be worn and small children closely supervised.
The museum closed in June 2018, in preparation for the vessel being relocated in September, to facilitate a footbridge being constructed over the adjacent A63. It was expected that the museum would reopen in 2021 after undergoing conservation work and a relocation to a new position on the marina.
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