Welcome to the LV18 lightvessel

Radio Mi Amigo 2016 broadcast

Mi Amigo 2016 programme guide

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.

We would like to thank Advantage Sails in Brightlingsea for kindly providing a new cover for the LV's funnel, which should be in place in time for the launch of this years Radio Mi Amigo.

If you want to see the Gardner engines on the LV18 watch Britain's Lost Waterlands until Thursday 4th August 2016 on BBC IPlayer.

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.