Previous names

  • LV55
Certificate no 142
Status Registered


Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Light vessel
Location Bristol
Current use Commercial Activity
Available to hire Yes
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Hill, Charles & Sons, Bristol
Built in 1885
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Towed
Primary engine type None
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
24.16 feet (7.37 m)
12.00 feet (3.66 m)
Length: Overall
102.92 feet (31.39 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


JOHN SEBASTIAN was built in 1885 as a Light Vessel (LV 55) as a batch order of three (LB54, LV55 and LV59) by Charles Hill & Sons, Albion Yard, Bristol, for Trinity House. The hull type was wood with iron beams. She was sold out of service in 1954 to Portishead for scrap where her lantern and metal work was removed. She is now owned by Cabot Cruising Club, Bathurst Basin, Bristol. When the Light Vessel was on Bristol Channel duty moored 12 miles out from Avonmouth, there was a tradition for members of the Cruising Club to visit taking newspapers and other gifts for the crew.


Holister, Nobby, Leading Lights: Saved by a Light Vessel, Peter Williams Associates, pp49-53, Volume 1, Edition 3, 1995    
Williams, Peter, Leading Lights: Light Vessel Directory, Peter Williams Associates, pp57-60, Volume 1, Edition 3, 1995 

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