Visit the historic Trinity House lightship LV21 in Gravesend on the Thames – join the crew aboard to explore the National Historic Ship and find out more about her extraordinary journey from guiding the mariners at sea to a cultural landmark.
Welcome aboard historic lightship!
Join the crew aboard LV21, a unique 40 metre steel-hulled lightship, the last of the renowned Philip & Son’s ships to be commissioned by Trinity House. Since her launch in 1963, LV21 saw most of her service off the Kent coast on the Varne, East Goodwin and Channel stations.
Come tour the decks and discover her story, from lightship service in the past guiding the mariners at sea along the Kent coast to the current role as a cultural landmark in Gravesend.
There’s a lot to see and do aboard!
Explore the rich maritime heritage of the vessel through a private collection of artefacts, films and photos, and delve deeper into nautical histories by flicking through the publications from the onboard library.
Take part in a creative drop-in activity to design and take away your own LV21 souvenir. Or make a poppy to add on a communal Poppy Chandelier, that will be displayed as part of a large-scale art installation at Gravesend Borough Market from 15th October to mark the Remembrance Day. All materials provided, suitable for all ages.