Certificate no 613
Status National Historic Fleet
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Details

Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Light vessel
Location Dundee
Current use None
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No
Web address www.northcarr-lightship.org

Construction

Builder Inglis, A J, Clyde
Built in 1932
Hull material Steel
Rig None
Number of decks 2
Number of masts 2
Propulsion Towed
Primary engine type None
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None

Dimensions

Breadth: Beam
25.97 feet (7.92 m)
Depth
14.00 feet (4.27 m)
Length: Overall
100.92 feet (30.78 m)
Tonnage: Gross
0.00
Air Draft
To be confirmed

History

Light Vessel NORTH CARR cost £15,430 to build and was on station at North Carr from 1933-1975. During World War II, the station was moved between the Mull of Kintyre and the Mull of Galloway as a convoy guide for ships entering Clyde.

In 1952, a major refit was undertaken, installing new diesels and generators. A radio beacon was installed in 1954 and two years later the Watch House was built. On 8 December 1958, she broke her moorings and the Broughty Lifeboat and all her crew were lost in the attempted rescue. The light vessel crew were eventually rescued by RAF helicopter.

She was sold out of service in 1975 and laid up at Leith. The following year she was purchased by N.E.Fife D.C. for display at Anstruther and in 1977 opened to the public. In 1989 financial and technical problems resulted in closure. Although she reopened in 1992, she was sold in 1995 to Dundee City Council and is now berthed astern of the frigate UNICORN.

Sources

Brouwer, Norman J, International Register of Historic Ships, Anthony Nelson, Edition 2, 1993    
Martin, Paula, North Carr Lightship: A Maritime Experience, North East Fife District Council, 1992
Williams, Peter, Leading Lights: Light Vessel Directory, Peter Williams Associates, pp57, Volume 1, Edition 3, 1995
St Andrews Citizen: Lightship may not be only vessel bound for new home, 18 August 1995

Key dates

  • 1933

    Built by A. & J. Inglis of Glasgow as a lightship for the Northern Lighthouse Board

  • 1933-1939

    Served as a Lightship at Carr Rocks (North Carr)

  • 1939-1945

    The station was moved and placed between the Mull of Kintyre and the Mull of Galloway as a convoy guide for ships entering Clyde

  • 1945-1975

    Again served as a lightship at Carr Rocks

  • 1952

    A major refit was undertaken, installing new diesels Moreand generators

  • 1954

    Radio beacon installed

  • 1956

    Watch House was built

  • 1958

    Broke her moorings and the Broughty Lifeboat and all her crew were lost in the attempted rescue. The light vessel crew were eventually saved by RAF helicopter

  • 1975

    Sold out of service after being replaced by an automatic buoy and was laid up at Leith

  • 1976

    Purchased by N.E. Fife D.C. for display at Anstruther

  • 1977

    Opened to the public

  • 1989

    Financial and technical problems resulted in closure

  • 1992

    Re-opened to the public

  • 1994

    Moved to Dundee to serve as the Headquarters and Training Vessel for the Maritime Volunteer Service’s Tay Unit

  • 1995

    Sold to Dundee City Council and berthed in Victoria Dock astern of the frigate UNICORN

  • 2008

    A sustainability grant of £2,300 was awarded for signage by NHS-UK

Grants

  • 2007

    A sustainability grant of £2,300 was awarded for signage by National Historic Ships out of the Strategic Development Fund

  • 2004-2005

    Heritage Lottery Fund grant aided 90% of the painting of the superstructure at a cost of around £55,000. Source: Taymara, Sep 13

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