Ballydorn Lightship


Mill Isle, Ireland

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Ever since I was a boy I loved the trip down to Killinchy on the western side of Strangford Lough. The attraction for me were the yachts sailing out of the local sailing club; but also visiting a wellknown landmark the Ballydorn lightship.
This year marks the fortieth anniversary of its arrival.

Ballydorn Lightship

Killinchy, Strangford Lough, Co Down, N Ireland

Built 1915 by The Dublin Dockyard Company for the Commissioners of Irish Lights, BALLYDORN is a lightship with a hull of riveted iron and steel plate. She has two steel masts used as steadying sails only.

Most of her service life was at Blackwater Bank on the River Blackwater, Wexford. She was sold out of service to Hammond Lane Foundries, Dublin, in 1968 who sold her on to her present owners and she was towed to Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland. As headquarters for the Down cruising club her interior layout has changed considerably.

During one stage in her career, she was renamed PETREL and acquired her present name at a later date. She is a ‘Seabird’ class lightship and is the only one in Northern Ireland. The quay it is tied to was formerly used for coal imports.

Strangford Lough is one of the most beautiful parts of Britains Coastline

Captured on a Nikon D200 with Nikkor 24-120mm lens

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