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Carpentaria Lightship CLS4

One of 4 lightships built by the Commonwealth in 1916-1917

Lightships are floating lighthouses. They warn ships of dangers, act as navigational aids and are used where lighthouses cannot be built.

As part of the Commonwealth's responsibility for safety at sea, four lightships were built in 1916 and 1917. CLS4 spent most of its working life marking the Merkara shoals in the Gulf of Carpentaria. It was also periodically moved to Sandy Cape (Queensland). CLS4 was towed to Bass Strait in 1983 to serve as a traffic separator for ships working in the oilfields. It was retired from in 1985.

Length: 21.94m overall
Breadth: 8.5m
Draught: 2.74m
Displacement: 164 tonnes
Builder: Cockatoo Island Dockyard, Sydney NSW
Construction: Riveted steel
Engine: Nil
Crew: Nil
Features: Acetylene Light, Signal Bell

Technical / Historical Details
Nearest Town Sydney, Darling Harbour  Height - Elevation ?? - ?? 
Lat/Long:   Lantern  
Construction   Lens  
Built   Character  
First Lit   Range NM  
De-activated 1985  Open No 
Architect   Access  
Reference   Accommodation No 
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