Liverpool's Iconic Light
Ship has been removed from Liverpool!
THE iconic Planet Light Ship, a floating light
house, which was once sited off Formby Point, in the River Mersey Estuary has
been removed from the Albert Dock site after arguments over unpaid bills of
around £10,000 in unpaid mooring fees.
The "Planet" was the last manned Mersey Bar lightship
1972 and is the only remaining 1 of its type in the world. This is a hugely historic vessel and
many are now asking why Liverpool City Council has not stepped in. This vessel
is/was 1 of the most iconic and recognisable parts of Liverpool and the region.
Now the worry is that this would famous ship could be lost from Liverpool
forever, or worse still scrapped and lost for good. We are told that after it
was removed from Canning Dock East, via tugboat, it was taken to a port outside
The Canal and River Trust took possession of the vessel, over the allegations that
it did not have a license to trade and over the unpaid mooring fees, have stated
that:-"If the owner, Mr Roberts, pays the Trust the monies he owes us, he can
recover the ship.” Also that:- "It is not being scrapped.” Now there is also the
worry that should Mr Roberts be unable to pay, it could be sold and then find
its way to the scrap yards. Like other lightships around the world, for example
the Irish Light ship, named:- 'Skua’, which was scrapped in 2012. There are only
a handful of these iconic craft left in the world, with most being broken up. So
will this valuable bit of maritime heritage be consigned to history books? Let's
hope not, but if sold, it could go to the breakers yard! That is why some are
calling now on Liverpool Council to act. A fund was created on the Chuffed
website, to help save the very last Bar
Lightship, but it only raised £1,200 of its £20,000 target. The campaign page
was closed on 24 August 2016, oddly marked as "Completed?"
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This video was shot by Dave Graham and added to YouTube. It shows the owner
pleading with the bailiffs not to take it away…
Fact file:- The "Planet" was the last Mersey Bar manned Lightship
and was anchored some 9 miles to seaward of the Mersey Bar, off Formby Point. It
had a crew of 7 who worked on 2 week shifts. In 1972 it was moved and in 1979
began service in the English Channel off Guernsey. It was decommissioned in
1989, it was the last manned lightship in UK waters.
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