Lightship 2000, April 2015
Lightship 2000, April 2015
United Kingdom
NameLight Vessel 14
OperatorTrinity House
OrderedSeptember 1951
BuilderPhilip and Son, Dartmouth, Devon
Yard number1246
Launched22 September 1953
Commissioned27 November 1953
FateSold, 1991
StatusUndergoing restoration
General characteristics [1][2]
Displacement550 long tons (559 t)
Length137 ft 3 in (41.83 m) o/a
Beam25 ft (7.6 m)
Draught15 ft (4.6 m)
Aviation facilitiesHelipad (from 1975)

Lightship 2000 (Welsh: Goleulong 2000) was a restored old red lightvessel with a cafe and chapel on board situated in Cardiff Bay. During the redevelopment of Cardiff Bay, the Cardiff Bay Development Corporation called together the churches in Cardiff to discuss the role of Christianity in the Bay.[3] Lightship 2000 was the result of these discussions.


The ship was launched in 1953 and from that year until 1989 it was a working lightvessel in a number of locations around the UK, ending its working life off Rhossili on the Gower Peninsula to warn of the Helwick Swatch, a treacherous sandbank. It was purchased in 1993 and refurbished as a floating Christian centre.[4]

The ship closed in 2013 and in May 2015 it left Cardiff. It was planned to restore the ship, and for it to become a floating museum at Newnham on Severn.[5]


Rev'd Monica Mills, a United Reformed Church minister, served as chaplain of Cardiff Bay[6] until early 2010. Mills died on 1 December 2010.[7]

The Rev'd Peter Noble, former Moderator of Synod of the United Reformed Church Wales, took over the post of chaplain in March 2012 and since the closure of the ship has continued to serve as chaplain to Cardiff Bay.


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  1. ^ "The Ship". Goleulong 2000 Lightship. Archived from the original on 20 April 2014.
  2. ^ Klempau, Iris (2004). "Trinity House lightvessel No. 14". Archived from the original on 24 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Lightship 2000 page in the Cardiff Bay website". Archived from the original on 12 May 2011.
  4. ^ "The Ship". Cardiff: Goleulong 2000 Lightship. Archived from the original on 20 April 2014. Retrieved 20 March 2024.
  5. ^ "Cardiff Bay's Much-loved Helwick Lightship is Saved from the Srapyard". Penarth Daily News. 18 May 2015. Archived from the original on 3 July 2016. Retrieved 20 March 2024.
  6. ^ "Cardiff to serve as hub of European Church Communication". Anglican Communion News Service. 14 March 2006.
  7. ^ "News of Monica's death from her final church". Archived from the original on 17 March 2012.

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