Lightship 95 has spent most of its life marking the southern Sands of Goodwin, part of a series of sandbanks on the English channel that sailors of all countries fear. The Sands of Goodwin claimed hundreds of ships and thousands of lives.
Trinity House, formed by Henry VIII in 1513 is one of the worlds oldest companies and possibly the most respected maritime institution in history. Initially setup to collect light dues for lighthouses (a form of tax) from vessels coming into English waters, Trinity House later developed the Light Vessel as a floating warning to mariners nearing sand banks or shipwrecks Lightship 95.
LV95 was in service until 2003. Where most ships would alter course or stay in harbor during bad weather Lightships were left to face anything with no choice but to remain at anchor. As a result they were heavily built to high and exacting standards and maintained without regard for cost. Their purpose and their exposure to such harsh conditions led both the ships and the crews to be highly revered and respected by other mariners.
Built in the guts of a 550 tonne, 75-year-old ship the studio is a classic room within a room design; the internal structure being completely isolated from the steel hull by rubber mounts. The live room is over 500 sq ft, with natural light, excellent natural acoustics, great for drum recording and big enough to comfortably record a band live. The large vocal booth and amp booth allow for good separation even with loud guitar amps. There’s a stack of vintage valve amps to use as well as various guitars, basses, pedals, cymbals, and drums.
The 300 sq ft Control Room is a carefully designed mixing room, light and comfortable with plenty of room for bands, hangers on, managers. The lounge and kitchen are on the main deck level, all the usual stuff. Outside there’s plenty of space to smoke fags, have bbq’s and sun yourself. Located on Trinity Buoy Wharf, London. Well connected, easy to reach from inside and outside London, 1hr from Dover. Several reasonably priced hotels nearby, free parking, American Diner, Cafe, great views, fresh air and a drawbridge Lightship 95.
Deck areas, including the Tower as well as a variety of internal spaces are available for hire as a location. The Lightship is one of the last riveted steel vessels to be made in the UK, beautifully and painstakingly constructed. Images in the Studio and Ship galleries’ show some of the detail, features and textures of the ship; providing a unique, interesting backdrop for Fashion, TV and Film shoots. There is also the option to shoot from the river, coming up to and around the ship and from the beach beneath at low tide.
Inside the studio area we have lighting bars installed in the ceiling, full playback facilities and in-‐ear monitoring for those who dislike the aesthetic of studio headphones. Natural light comes in from a single source and is easily blacked out. Green room facilities are available and a Café and Diner are close by. Power is single phase and plentiful. 3 Phase power can be arranged.