Haslar Marina Gosport - Lightship Activation
Sat 19th August 2017
FDARC will be activating the Mary Mouse 2 an Automated light vessel moored in Portsmouth Harbour as part of the Lighthouses on the Air weekend. https://illw.net We will be using the special event call sigh of gb1gl (Gosport Light ) and Plan to be active from around 9:00 to 18:30 on the Saturday only. We will have 2 stations active one on VHF and the other on HF 10-160m.
"The Lightship" as it is known locally, is permanently mored in Halsar Marina. It was purchased by Dean & Reddyhoff and converted into a Bar, restaurant and bathing/washing facilities for visitors to this busily and friendly marina.
MARY MOUSE 2
Lighthouses and lightships ( or lightvessels ) have been used to warn vessels of the impending danger of coasts and shallow water since Roman times. In the case of lightships the early ones would have nothing more than a fire beacon places on the deck of a ship.
Lightships were used where it was impractical to construct a lighthouse e.g .where the water was too deep, the underwater ground conditions were unsuitable to take the weight of a lighthouse or there were shifting sands which meant that the position of a permanent lighthouse would soon be out of date.
The first modern lightship dates from 1734 and was positioned at the Nore sandbank at the mouth of the River Thames. As the lightships were static for most of their lives their hulls were especially designed to reduce the pounding and rocking motion of the waves.
The crew comprised of 6-8 men who kept a 24 hour watch. Their main duty was to ensure that the lamp was operational during the hours of darkness but they also had to record the ships that passed ( so that "light dues" could be claimed, submit weather reports and to sound the fog warning bell. During daylight hours a "daymark" flag would be positioned at the top of the main mast.
Mary Mouse 2 was built in 1947 by Philip and Sons in Dartmouth and was positioned at many locations around England. She was decommissioned in 1993 and sold to Dean and Reddyhoff Ltd as part of their Haslar project in Gosport. Its colour was changed from red to green and was re-named Mary Mouse 2 after the names of the directirs wives-Mary Reddyhoft and Joanna ( Mouse ) Dean.
Our thanks to both Haslar Marina and Trinities at the Lightship for kindly letting the club use the Light vessel for the activation.
Links for the above
|Inter-Club Quiz Competition|
|Annual Club Project|
|Annual Socials and BBQ|
|Club natter nights where members bring along interesting items.|
|On 2 metres (normally 145.475 MHz) Tuesday's from 19:00 hrs.|
|On HF around 1967 kHz every Thursday from 19:00 local time.|
|On HF around 3.750 =+/- QRM every Wednesday from 10.00 hrs.|
|Gosport local chat channel is FM 145.3125 .|