Registration number 2732
Status Registered

Previous names

  • Cormorant
  • Lady Dixon
  • 2008 Lady December


Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Light vessel
Location gillingham
Vessel type Lightship
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No


Builder Victoria Shipbuilding Company, Cork, Southern Ireland
Built in 1878
Hull material Iron
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 2
Propulsion Towed
Boiler type None


Length: Overall
91.00 feet (27.74m)
Breadth: Beam
21.00 feet (6.40m)
11.00 feet (3.35m)


THE LIGHTSHIP was built as such in 1878 by the Victoria Shipbuilding Company of Cork, Ireland. The main mast which carried the 2 ton light was removed many years ago. She spent a short time on the South Rock Station in 1910. The vessel was sold to the Belfast Harbour Commissioners in 1942 and was renamed Lady Dixon. In 1961 she was purchased by the businessman Jim Kirkpatrick, who fitted her out as a radio station and started negotiations with Radio Mercur in Copenhagen to use Lady Dixon as a floating radio station, but the project did not come to fruition.

At the time of registration, she was based in Kent and was in use as a houseboat..

Key dates

  • 1878

    Built by Victoria Shipbuilding Company, Cork, Ireland

  • 1942

    Sold to the Belfast Harbour Commissioners

  • 1942-1959

    Thought to have functioned as the Belfast Pilot Station

  • 1961

    Sold and fitted out as a pirate radio station

  • 1970s?

    Thought to have reverted to orginal name of CORMORANT

  • 1990-2008

    Thought to have been renamed LADY DIXON 

  • 2008-2013

    Thought to have been renamed LADY DECEMBER

  • 2013

    Bought by present owner

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