The task of ensuring safe passage for mariners has always been a challenge.  The lightvessels ofr lightshships  began using  as a means to warn mariners of dangerous shoals or mark shipping channels/entrances to major ports.  The usefulness of lightships proved to suit a number of necessities.  Lightships could be anchored in shallow waters where shoals often shift which prevented the construction of a fixed structure.  They could also be anchored off shore in deeper waters, enabling them to indicate shipping lanes for general oceanic traffic.  Another benefit to lightships was that they were not fixed structures and were able to be repositioned or relocated to better serve the particular need of each station.
Lightships marked their particular station in a number of ways.  Each station was given a specific name, This name would be painted on the hull of the ship so that the station could be identified during the day, just as lighthouses have their own daytime characteristics (or paint scheme). At night, the light of the lightship would not only signal the location of the ship, but also have its own flash pattern or nighttime characteristic, making it possible for mariners to identify which station they were approaching.  Likewise, lightships were eventually equipped with sound devices, such as foghorns, to be sounded in times of low visibility.Although the Lighthouse Board brought about vast improvements to lightships . Today, a few lightships still remain, some being lovingly restored and opened for the public to tour and learn about this piece of our maritime; 

Boat-based fire
Location Dunkerque, North
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Year of construction 1947
Set ext 1949
Length 47.5 meters
Width 7.65 meters
Draught 3.50 meters
Molded depth of 4.50 meters
417.88 tons gross tonnage
Displacement 450 tons
Propulsion electric motor 120 hp
Reach 25 000
White lights shine every 5 seconds
Optical Lamp 1500 watt 110 volt powered
disarmament 1989
Manager Urban Community of Dunkerque
Spotted on August 8, 2007
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           Spotted on August 26, 2007

Position as West-Hinder: 51° 23' 00'' North, 02° 26' 20'' East
Ship data
Length o.a.: 42,50 m
Length: 37,50 m
Beam: 7,80 m
Depth: 3,00 m
Side height: 5,90 m
Displacement: ca. 401m³
Weight: 420 t
 Builder: Beliard, Crighton & Co. Werft, Oostende
Yard no.: 117
Year of construction: 1950
Elevation: 14 m
Range: 12,4 sm
 Engine: Diesel engine 200 HP
Speed: 8 knots
 Crew: 9 men, changing every 2 weeks

Lightvessel no. 8 Waddenzee
Technical Data 
Length o.a.: 137.25 feet (approx. 41.83 m)
Length: 119 feet (approx. 36.27 m)
Beam: 25 feet (approx. 7.62 m) 
Draft: 15 feet (approx. 4.57 m) 
Authority: Trinity House, London 
Year of construction: 1949
Builder: Philip & Son, Dartmouth, Devon, England
Yard no.: 1171
Contract price : 61,062 £ 
Material: steel  
Lightning apparatus : Multi-Catoptric electrical 34.5 bhp Gardener H.S. Diesels, Fixed lantern, Fitted R/T 
Fog signal: Gardener Diesels driving Reavell QR Compressors 2 x 38 HP, G Diaphon

                  Spotted on 1 May 2008
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Lichtschip nummer 10 TEXEL 
active lightship from 1952 to 1994 
Position: 53°1,5' North - 41°21,5' East
Position today: 52° 57' North - 04° 46' East
Ship data 
Length overall.: 45,40 m
Length: 39 m
Beam: 7,92 m
Depth: 2,88 m
Displacement: 493 t
Builder: Rijkswerf Willemsoord, Den Helder, Netherlands
Year of construction: 1952 
Elevation: 16 m 
Character: Fl (3+1) W 20 s  
Focal distance: 300 mm  
Anchor: 3 mushroom anchor of 750 kg each  
Crew: 11 men
 Since 1995 museum vessel in the harbour of Den Helder. The lighthip is the oldest lightvessel of the Netherlands. Volunteers under supervision of Nanne Voska and Lyda van der Steen are rebuilding and restoring the lightship to its condition from the times before it had been automated 

                 Spotted on September 23, 2007
Lightship No.11
On 1 October 1991 a severe storm swept the lightship "Texel". The chain broke and the light ship went adrift. After an unsuccessful attempt to distract people by helicopter and by ship to put a connection to bring the light ship stranded in the early morning of 2 October at the Dog Bosschen Seawall at Petten. Salvage companies saw no chance to the battered ship to store. It was decided to ship the light spot to demolish. The work lasted until December 5, 1991. The first week was a visit to the wreck is a popular outing. The function of the light ship is stranded for a short time acquired by lightship no.10 to the large buoy, which is already under construction, is taken,The Nautical Monuments Foundation from Den Helder, the tower of the
 schip acquired and is installed at the Old Navy Willemsoord
               Spotted on September 23, 2007
Lightship No. 12 Noordhinder
Active Light ship from 1963 until 1994 
Length overall: 45,40 m 
Beam: 8,35 m 
Draught: 3,15 m 
Displacement: 510 t 
Authority: Loodswezen, Vlissingen
Builder: Scheepswerf De Waal in Zaltbommel
Year of construction: 1963
Elevation: 16 m 
Anchor: Mushroom anchor 
Anchor chain: 300 m 
Crew: 11 men 

               Spotted on September 30, 2007
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Lightvessel_Breeveertien (katwijk aan zee)
Technical data 
Length o.a.: 137.25 feet (ca. 41,83 m)
Length: 119 feet (ca. 36,27 m)
Beam: 25 feet (ca. 7,62 m) 
Draught: 15 feet (ca. 4,57 m) 
Authority: Trinity House, London 
Year of construction: 1951
Shipyard: Philip & Son, Dartmouth, Devon, England
Yard-No.: 1223 
Contract price: 67,269 £, profit: 3,235 £ 
Material: steel (riveted) 

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                 Spotted on October 7, 2007
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Length overall: 53.70 m
Length: 46 m
Beam: 9 m
Draught: 4.40 m
Side hight: 6.10 m
Displacement: approx. 825 BRT
Builder: Norderwharf Koeser & Meyer, Hamburg
Year of construction: 1954/56
Yard no.: 813
Elevation: 20.50 m
Range: 21.35 sm
Suspension: Pintsch-Pendeloptic
Illuminate: 1500W, 100V
Engine: 4 Deutz-Diesel-Engines á 100 PS + 1 Jet-Duesenruder
Speed: 9,5 knots

                           Spotted 02/11/2009