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Le Batofar

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Ireland, sold to France
Name: Osprey
Owner: Irish Lights
Ordered: 1953
Builder: Philip and Son, Dartmouth
Cost: £98,100
Laid down: 1953
Completed: 1955
Renamed: Batofar
Reclassified: Night Club
General characteristics
Length: 134 feet
Beam: 25 feet
Depth: 15 feet

LV Osprey entered service as a Light Vessel for the Commissioners of Irish Lights in 1955. On 9 May 1975 she was sold to the New Ross Harbour Commissioners for use as a floating oil berth, pilot station and harbour store. In March 1998 she was sold again and moored on the Seine.[1]

Le Batofar ignited the "night club on boat" trend in Paris. This lighthouse boat (in French bateau-phare) offers an original setting on the bank of the Seine in the 13th arrondissement. It is known for its progressive musical programming which champions cutting edge electro bands live, and its renowned DJ-driven afterhours dance parties. During the day, Batofar is also a community gathering that serves as a restaurant, café and a summertime "beach" hang-out (Paris-Beach).


  1. ^ Lightships in the Irish Lighthouse Service "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 January 2009. Retrieved 1 November 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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