Calshot Spit lightship moved from Ocean Village

Calshot Spit Lighthouse Removed from Ocean Village

Calshot Spit Lighthouse being Removed from Ocean Village

The 140-tonne lightship that has been a centrepiece of Southampton’s Ocean Village for the past 21 years was lifted out of the ground today ready to be taken to its new home.

The Calshot Spit lightship has been loaded onto a 120-wheel trailer this morning to be transported to the historic Trafalgar Dry Dock.

The 95-year-old ship is set to be the gateway attraction at a new heritage site called Aeronautica, which will document the city’s aviation and maritime history.

Two 500-tonne cranes were used to lift the ship in a delicate and time-consuming operation.

Aeronautica project officer Squadron Leader Alan Jones said: “I think God must have been on our side today when you look at the weather. Wind would have been a big problem. If it had been windy the cranes wouldn’t have been able to operate. I’ll be very relieved when the moving is over.”

When it is installed at its new home, the Calshot Spit lightship will be restored with the aim of opening it up to the public.

By Bethan Phillips »

via Landmark Calshot Spit lightship moved from Southampton’s Ocean Village to Trafalgar Dock (From Daily Echo).

I think it’s a shame that the ship has gone (and I am not very impressed with the bare expanse of cheap pavement left in its place) but unfortunately the ship had become something of an eyesore in recent years. While it has undoubtably been an Ocean village landmark, the first thing you see when you turn the corner, it has also been allowed to deteriorate and fall into disrepair. Prior to being moved it was rusting away, the paint was fading and peeling, there were patches of graffiti and some of the windows had been patched up with bare wood. All in all not a pretty sight. If it was not going to be maintained and cared for then it is probably best that the ship has gone. Hopefully it will get the renovation it so desperately needs and will be an asset to the Trafalgar Dry Dock when it eventually opens to the public.