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LV Sandettie being moved by MV Alert
Trinity House Ensign.svgUnited Kingdom
Namesake: Sandettie Bank
Operator: Trinity House
Builder: Forges et Chantiers de la Méditerranée (1947–1948)
Launched: 1949
Out of service: 1989 (previous vessel)
Identification: MMSI number: 992351029
Fate: Museum ship (previous vessel)
General characteristics
Type: Lightvessel
Displacement: 450 tons
Length: 47.5 m (156 ft)
Beam: 7.65 m (25.1 ft)
Draft: 3.5 m (11 ft)
Speed: 6 knots (11 km/h; 6.9 mph)
Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic is located in Southern England
Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic
LocationUnited Kingdom
Coordinates51°09.355′N 1°47.122′E / 51.155917°N 1.785367°E / 51.155917; 1.785367Coordinates: 51°09.355′N 1°47.122′E / 51.155917°N 1.785367°E / 51.155917; 1.785367
Focal height12 m (39 ft)
Range15 nautical mile 
CharacteristicFl 5s
Fog signal1 blast of 3 seconds every 30 seconds
RaconT (–)
Managing agentTrinity House

Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic is a lightvessel stationed in the North Sea. It is one of the 22 coastal weather stations whose conditions are reported in the BBC Shipping Forecast.[1]

The vessel is named after her location on the Sandettie Bank, to the north of Calais and east of the Strait of Dover. The ship has no engine and is unmanned. Its lights are powered by solar panels.

The previous Sandettie lightship was taken out of service in 1989 and is now a museum ship moored in Dunkirk harbour museum (fr).[2][3]

Simon Armitage published in 2019 (London: Faber & Faber) a collection of poems named Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic after the lightvessel.[4]

The previous Sandettie light ship in Dunkerque harbour

External links

  • The optical and acoustic signaling scheme and the radio-signal scheme of Sandettie lightvessel, ie the signal pattern of the light signal, the fog horn and the radio station in accordance with NOTICE TO MARINERS 2/2012 C1 Sandettie Light Vessel No.2/12 C1, by Order Captain R. H. Barker, Director of Navigational Requirements, Trinity House, London, EC3N 4DH, 11 January 2012
  • Article about the lightship in the French Wikipedia
  • "Notice to Mariners". Trinity House. 11 January 2012. Archived from the original on 27 October 2014.

Observations and Weather

  • The detailed, hourly measured values of the lightship Sandettie the last 24 hours of
  • The exact course of the air temperature and water temperature as well as the water height in the area of Sandettie Bank on the web page of the Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation on the basis of the data of Sandettie Lightvessel
  • Weather forecast and wave prediction for the area of the sandbank for skipper from Meteo Consult Marine, (fr)


  1. ^ "Sandettie Lightvessel". Trinity House. Archived from the original on 26 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Story of light-ship Sandettie". MarMuCommerce. Archived from the original on 1 January 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Musée Portuaire de Dunkerque - 1 musée, 3 bateaux, 1 phare... Et même plus !". Musée Portuaire de Dunkerque. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  4. ^ Faber & Faber.