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Extract from ‘The Cornishman’ 25th September 1879


Trinity paddle-yacht Vestal passed down the British Channel Thursday morning, having in tow the new lightship to replace the old temporary lightship, which has been stationed on the Seven Stones for some months past; and the s.s. Alert, under the command of Capt. J. N. Tregarthen, left Penzance at early hour (about 2 o’clock ) Thursday morning with party of extra men, making a complement in all, to render assistance to heave up the enormous length of cable from the old lightship. The new floating pharos is well fitted with all the latest improvements in fog-warning machinery, and will exhibit a revolving light, instead of the two fixed bright lights which the old ship exhibited. The new lightship was successfully moored Thursday afternoon, and the Vestal, with the old temporary lightship in tow, left the same evening for Milfond while the s.s. Alert returned to Penzance.