Heritage of light ship to go on show

A former light ship will open its doors to the public this week as part of Heritage Open Days.

Moored at South Harbour in Blyth, the club house of Royal Northumberland Yacht Club, named HY Tyne III is the former light vessel LV50.

Constructed in 1879 she is registered with National Historic Ships as one of 200 vessels of national significance.

Heritage Lottery Fund has approved the first stage application for a grant to preserve LV50.

The full detail of what is needed to restore the vessel’s timber and steel structures is currently being scoped through an HLF Development Grant.

An education programme is being developed as well as plans for interpretation of the heritage.

The project will also offer opportunities for volunteers to get involved in a range of activities such as discovering more about the history of LV50’s construction and working life. A Friends of Light Ship LV50 is starting up this month.

On Thursday, September 11 and Friday, September 12, from 10am to 4pm, people can visit the LV50 and see pictures taken by members of Croft Camera Club last month recording the shipwrights’ investigative work.

The entrance to South Harbour is off the B1329 just North of Blyth Battery. Look out for the pink Heritage Open Days signs.