Previous names

  • 1927 LV No 12
Certificate no 671
Status National Historic Fleet


Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Light vessel
Location Hull
Current use Museum based
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Goole Shipbuilding and Repairing Co Ltd, Goole
Built in 1927
Hull material Steel
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)
14.49 feet (4.42 m)
Length: Overall
99.93 feet (30.48 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



LV No.12 was built for the Humber Conservancy Board by the Goole Shipbuilding and Repairing Company in 1927 at a cost of £17,000. She was commissioned as the Spurn light vessel, the first on that station, on 17 November 1927 and was removed to Middle Humber (Grimsby Middle position) on 27 October 1939, marking the Naval river defence boom. She returned to her pre-war position on 22 May 1945.

On 31 January 1953 she was driven off station and drifted 12 nautical miles south onto Protector Shoal where the reserve anchors held. She was repainted red and moved to Bull Station on 9 June 1959. A new light vessel, No. 14, took the Spurn station. She was decommissioned and laid up in November 1975. In 1983 she was sold out of service and acquired by Hull City Council. Restored to her original black colour, she was berthed in Hull Marina in 1986 and opened to the public the following year.


Storey, Arthur, Hull Trinity House History of Pilotage and Navigational Aids of the River Humber
Brouwer, Norman J, International Register of Historic Ships, Anthony Nelson, Edition 2, 1993
Butterfield, A E, Report on the lighthouses, lightships, light floats, buoys and vessels belonging to the Board, Humber Conservancy Board, 1939
Thomas, D C, The Manned Lightships of the Humber, Malet Lambert Local History Special, 1987
Credland, Arthur, Hull City Museums Information Sheet No 3: The Spurn Lightship, Hull City Museums

Key dates

  • 1927

    Vessel built by Goole Shipbuilding and Repairing and commissioned on 17 Nov 1927

  • 1939

    Moved to Middle Humber in October due to outbreak of Second World War, marking the naval river defence boom

  • 1945

    Returned to pre-war position at Spurn Head

  • 1959

    Removed from station for refitting

  • 1959

    Moved to Bull Station as the Bull Light Vessel and repainted in original livery of red

  • 1975

    Until November 1975 served on the Bull Shallows station, so know as Bull Light vessel

  • 1983

    Restoration to original condition begun by Hull City Council, moored in Hull Marina

  • 1986

    Towed to her present berth at Hull Marina and restored to her original colour of black with white lettering

  • 1987

    Opened to the public

  • May 2018

    Vessel will be moving temporarily from September 2018 as part of the plans to upgrade the A63 to Hull docks. She will stay in the Marina until 2021 and is set to receive specialist conservation work, subject to funding before then being moved to a new permanent home in the Marina

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