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Moored in South Harbour, Blyth, LV50 is one of the oldest floating wooden Lightships in the UK. Built in 1879 for Trinity House , Light Vessel No.50 was stationed in dangerous waters where lighthouses could not be built. Left to the perils of the sea, her beacon and fog signal warned mariners of hazards around our coast. National Historic Ships UK registers her as being of National Importance. We, the Friends of LV50, also believe she is important and were formed in 2014 to discover, promote and preserve the maritime heritage of this grand old lady.
LV50, re-named Tyne III, is now the house yacht of the Royal Northumberland Yacht Club , who support our aims and kindly open the vessel to the public at various times throughout the year. These and other events are hosted by The Friends. See About the Friends to discover some of the ways we work to bring the story of LV50 to the general public.
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