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Lightship 2000

Lightship 2000, June 2007
Lightship 2000, June 2007
United Kingdom
Name: Light Vessel 14
Operator: Trinity House
Ordered: September 1951
Builder: Philip and Son, Dartmouth, Devon
Cost: £80,685
Yard number: 1246
Launched: 22 September 1953
Commissioned: 27 November 1953
Fate: Sold, 1991
Status: Undergoing restoration
General characteristics [1][2]
Type: Lightvessel
Displacement: 550 long tons (559 t)
Length: 137 ft 3 in (41.83 m) o/a
Beam: 25 ft (7.6 m)
Draught: 15 ft (4.6 m)
Crew: 7
Aviation facilities: Helipad (from 1975)

Lightship 2000 (Welsh: Goleulong 2000) was a restored old red Lightvessel with a cafe and chapel on board situated in Cardiff Bay. During the redevelopment of Cardiff Bay, the Cardiff Bay Development Corporation called together the churches in Cardiff to discuss the role of Christianity in the Bay.[3] Lightship 2000 was the result of these discussions.


The ship was launched in 1953 and from that year until 1989 it was a working lightvessel in a number of locations around the UK, ending its working life off Rhossili on the Gower Peninsula to warn of the Helwick Swatch, a treacherous sandbank. It was purchased in 1993 and refurbished as a floating Christian centre.[4]

The ship closed in 2013 and in May 2015 it left Cardiff. It was planned to restore the ship, and for it to become a floating museum at Newnham on Severn.[5]


Rev'd Monica Mills, a United Reformed Church minister, served as chaplain of Cardiff Bay[6] until early 2010. Mills died on 1 December 2010.[7]

The Rev'd Peter Noble, former Moderator of Synod of the United Reformed Church Wales, took over the post of chaplain in March 2012 and since the closure of the ship has continued to serve as chaplain to Cardiff Bay.


  1. ^ "The Ship". Goleulong 2000 Lightship. Archived from the original on 20 April 2014.
  2. ^ Klempau, Iris (2004). "Trinity House lightvessel No. 14". Archived from the original on 24 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Lightship 2000 page in the Cardiff Bay website". Archived from the original on 12 May 2011.
  4. ^ "Article on the history of the Lightship on the official website".
  5. ^ "CARDIFF BAY'S MUCH-LOVED HELWICK LIGHTSHIP IS SAVED FROM THE SCRAPYARD". Penarth Daily News. 18 May 2015. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  6. ^ Office, Anglican Communion. "Page not found - Anglican Communion". Anglican Communion Website.
  7. ^ "News of Monica's death from her final church". Archived from the original on 17 March 2012.

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