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Lightvessel LV18

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LV18 - Radio Mi Amigo / Pirate BBC Essex

We have visited the LV18 for the past 3 years on Pirate Radio week in August. A fascinating ship... read more

Reviewed February 13, 2019
Colin B
an old vessel

this is an old orange vessel docked at the harwick harbour. for 2 pounds you get to view the inside... read more

Reviewed November 15, 2018
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Light Vessel LV18 The Quay, Harwich CO12 3HH, England
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Reviewed February 13, 2019

We have visited the LV18 for the past 3 years on Pirate Radio week in August. A fascinating ship and well kept, including the garden on the deck which as grown somewhat since it was first started! Well worth a visit, especially when things are...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Colin B
Reviewed November 15, 2018

this is an old orange vessel docked at the harwick harbour. for 2 pounds you get to view the inside of the vessel. everything is well organised and maintained as it was. a good experience.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jeff1955malaysia
Reviewed August 7, 2018

I took my granddaughters on an adventure. We caught the passenger ferry from Shotley Gate to Harwich for a day out. The Lightvessel LV18 was a surprise but what a great thing to visit. We wandered all over it, looking in the cabins, on the...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank AlexwifeofGray
Reviewed July 17, 2018

We spent a most enjoyable half hour looking around this boat. Below decks is fascinating, all the original bunks and cupboards have been preserved in the cabins. As my father served on the lightships in the 1950's this boat was of particular interest to me....More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank cath b
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Hi, some interesting reviews here regarding visits to the Lightvessel LV18 in Harwich. However, I need to correct some big misunderstandings in people's perception of what they were visiting. The first thing that needs to be understood is that the LV18 HAS NO connection to...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed May 31, 2018

Briliant Museum inside bit cluttered in some areas and some bits are harder to reach watch head and step over amazing to think people lived on here its recently been used for pirate radio and the volunteers are happy to chat and share storys well...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Simon P
Reviewed May 27, 2018 via mobile

The vessel is very easy to find being in the harbour right next to ha'penny pier with parking nearby. Entrance costs very little and it provides a fascinating visit. The owner Tony showed us round and told us all about the history and the refurbishment...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank dpm666
Reviewed April 6, 2018 via mobile

Well worth popping in, very interesting to see an authentic lightship with all its' innards still intact. Good to see the history of the radio ships recorded too. We had an hour before the ferry left and this filled the gap perfectly- very reasonable cost.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Emma W
Reviewed March 16, 2018

If you're visiting Harwich I recommend going around this boat. Tony & his freinds do a great job with all their hard work and its interesting to see what life on board would've been like both for crew and pirate radio alike. featured in the...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed December 10, 2017

I did not know much about the pirate radio activities that went on off the edge of the Essex coast but you can find out all about them on the boat that rocked! The people looking after the boat gave me a friendly welcome.

Date of experience: December 2017
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Rob L
June 16, 2018|
Response from Simon P | Reviewed this property |
No it was the last manned light vessel 🚢 the original ship is near Maldon of sea but they arrange tours
Michael H
July 2, 2015|
Response from EssexUnhappycustomer | Reviewed this property |
30 minutes to an hour all depends how much you read and look at the views from the ship
June 29, 2015|
Response from 347valerie | Reviewed this property |
I'm sorry, are you referring to Harwich International Port? The lightship is on Harwich Quay.