Kentish Knock (1963); Service vessel; Light vessel

Scale: 1:48. Instantly identifiable with the name ‘Kentish Knock’ along the whole length of the port and starboard broadsides, the model depicts the Trinity House light vessel No.14 (1963), which was stationed in the Thames Estuary.

Light vessels are not self-propelled and have to be towed to and from station. They were traditionally painted red, to make them conspicuous in daylight, and their names displayed prominently. Prior to automation light vessels were manned by a crew of ten, with five on station at any one time. Today the five remaining light vessels around the south coast of England are fully automated, monitored from Trinity House’s control centre in Harwich.

Object Details

ID: SLR1719
Collection: Ship models
Type: Full hull model; Rigged model
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Unknown
Vessels: Kentish Knock 1963
Date made: circa 1963
Exhibition: Guiding Lights
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Case: 622 x 959 x 255 mm;Mount: 560 mm x 222 mm;Overall: 580 mm x 860 mm x 168 mm

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