Welcome to the LV18 lightvessel in Historic Harwich
Donations are being sought to support the full restoration following an arson attack.


The LV18 re-opened to visitors on Saturday 25th May 2024

Visitors are welcome 11am to 4pm daily.

On Friday 2nd February 2024, a fire engulfed the stern of the LV18 lightvessel but almost the entire ship also suffered severe smoke damage. Essex Police have identified and prosecuted the arsonist.

Cleaning and initial renovation took some time, and it was almost 4 months before we could re-open the ship to visitors. However, early prioritising of the cleaning meant that we were able to use the Mi Amigo studio for shows over the Easter weekend – marking the 60th anniversary of the start of offshore broadcasting.

Landmarks for our restoration are being chronicled on a new page After The Fire

Donations are being sought to support the full restoration. https://www.gofundme.com/f/lv18-restoration-fund

Restoration & other updates are available on our News page

Welcome aboard

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. Most recently the ship’s lantern has helped enhance a number of quayside festivals.

Opening times

LV18 is open daily from 11am to 4pm between April – October. During the winter we are open to pre-arranged visits only, please call (number below) if you wish to make a booking.


Adults: £4.00 Children (under 16): £2.00. Family ticket (2 adults and up to 4 children): £10.00 & now also accepting all major debit cards

To arrange groups and evening tours call Tony on 07446171320,