Welcome to the LV18 lightvessel

Radio Mi Amigo 2016 broadcast

LV18 is in this BBC IPlayer documentary about life in 1966. Available in the UK until the end of June 2016.

Have a look at this video shot on the LV18 Lightship as part of a new musical Guardian Angels to be performed at The New Wolsey Studio Theatre, Ipswich June 16th to 19th 2016.

The LV18 is hosting a nine day pirate radio event Saturday 30 July to Sunday 7th August 2016 inclusive. To listen click on the player above or visit our Radio Mi Amigo webpage.

The ex-Trinity House vessel LV18 is the last surviving example of a manned light vessel in British waters, which has been preserved in its original configuration and restored to a high standard of authenticity.

The Pharos Trust

The LV18 is owned by the Pharos Trust, a charity set up to preserve this important piece of maritime heritage, which is always ready to accept new volunteers with interest and enthusiasm, whether contributing expertise, restoration or maintenance skills, artefacts, ideas or financial donations.


The LV18 has already hosted various events, from Offshore Pirate Radio revivals to shanty singing and onboard exhibitions. Now that it has a permanent home at Harwich Quay it will be made available for a range of other functions.

Opening times

LV18 is open daily from 11am - 4pm March - end October.
Admission Adults:£2.00 Children (under 16) £1.00. Family ticket (2 adults and upto 3 children) £5.00
To arrange groups and evening tours call Tony on 07446171320, or use the contact form.