Certificate no 143
Status Archived


Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Light vessel
Location Neath
Archive reason More information required
Current use None
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required Yes


Builder Crown, John & Sons, Sunderland
Built in 1903
Hull material Iron
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Towed
Primary engine type None
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
24.00 feet (7.32 m)
10.98 feet (3.35 m)
Length: Overall
115.93 feet (35.36 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


Light Vessel 72 was built in 1903 by John Crown & Sons of Sunderland for Trinity House. Her hull is made of iron and, during World War 2, she was involved in the D Day landings. She was sold out of service in 1972 to Steel Supply Co., Neath for scrapping.  When sold she was the oldest vessel in the Trinity House fleet.  She was later considered for conversion to a floating night club but the project did not go ahead and remained on a mud berth on the River Neath in poor condition.

In January 2021 it was reported that the vessels current owner has retained the ship in its original state, located on an inland river, and it is reported to be complete, seaworthy and can be saved for the nation.

We are lacking information about this particular vessel.  If you have any information, past or present, please contact us.


Williams, Peter, Leading Lights: Light Vessel Directory, Peter Williams Associates, pp57-60, Volume 1, Edition 3, 1995  

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