Lightship 2000

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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
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 at 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 is planned to restore the ship, and for it to become a floating museum at Newnham-on-Severn.[5]


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

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


  1. "The Ship". 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Klempau, Iris (2004). "Trinity House lightvessel No. 14". Retrieved 22 September 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Lightship 2000 page in the Cardiff Bay website
  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.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. An article which mentions Monica's role as chaplain
  7. News of Monica's death from her final church.

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