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lightship was originally stationed off Spurn Head at the mouth
of the Humber estuary. Since decommissioning in 1985, she has
served as the headquarters of a yacht club and as a tourist
attraction in various locations.
During three years of restoration
and fitting out at Sharpness Shipyard, the present owners Jan
and Agnes van der Elsen have retained the original light and
fog-horn while adapting the crew’s quarters and engine room
to provide three treatment
rooms, a teaching area and a shop. They have renamed the lightship Sula,
meaning peace, and they offer high quality
complementary health care and training, trading under the name
at Llanthony Quay, Gloucester
Passage to Gloucester
refurbishment and fitting out at Sharpness, lightship Sula
was towed up the canal to Gloucester on 2 Oct 2010.
the passage up the canal, Sula left Sharpness
around 8.30 with one tug at the bow and another helping
to steer at the rear.
early challenge for the tug crews was to manoeuvre the
huge vessel along the narrow channel between the two bridges
close together at Purton.
Saul Junction, one of the stern ropes parted, and there was
a short delay while a new rope was connected.
passing Pilot Bridge, after an earlier call for cigarettes
for the crew, the opportunity was taken to pass a couple of
packets over the bridge rail.
Sula eventually arrived at Gloucester
at about 6.00 o'clock after a voyage lasting over ten hours.
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