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The Galloper lightship in a gale.

The Galloper lightship in a gale.
The Galloper lightship.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H3126
Description: Lightships are placed as a warning near sand banks, reefs and shoals and serve as sign posts for port entrances. They are always located at places where it is impossible to build a lighthouse. Initialy, lightships were refitted sailing vessels, later on, specially designed ships were used.
Creator: 'Illustrated London News'
Date: 14 January 1882
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
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