Lightship arrives in Gloucester

Published: Thursday, 21 October 2010

THE former lightship Sula has made its long awaited voyage from Sharpness Docks to begin a new life at Llanthony moorings in historic Gloucester Docks.

The fully renovated 450 tonne vessel which once stood guard over treacherous sandbanks around the UK coastline now offers a wide range of natural therapies and healing, helping people cope with the stresses and strains of modern life.

No engine

The 35 metre long vessel has no engine, which meant some skillful maneuvering by a pair of tugs, with one towing and the second steering it from the stern. The 16 mile journey took a careful 10 hours.

Waterways Manager Nick Worthington congratulated the staff involved in the operation, who performed superbly and deserve massive credit for managing such a complex project.