LightshipsA lightvessel, or lightship, is a ship that acts as a lighthouse. They are used in waters that are too deep or otherwise unsuitable for lighthouse construction. Although some records exist of fire beacons being placed on ships in Roman times, the first modern lightvessel was off the Nore sandbank at the mouth of the River Thames in England, placed there by its inventor Robert Hamblin in 1734. The type has become largely obsolete; lighthouses replaced some stations as the construction techniques for lighthouses advanced, while large, automated buoys replaced others.
KD Note: Globe looking spheres on the ships below, look very similar to the ones on this 1709 Jesuit Flying Ship.
KD: I have one questions pertaining to the above ships.
- What was the light source used? We can see metal mesh looking balls up on top of the masts. How did they get those to emit light?
- Especially in 1820s...