From our archives: The ships which lit up our coast for so many years

With two launches steadying her aft, the Smiths Knoll light vessel is towed up river at Yarmouth by

With two launches steadying her aft, the Smiths Knoll light vessel is towed up river at Yarmouth by the tug Hector Read in March, 1966. - Credit: Archant

Once-familiar beacons of our shores, lightships have a history of over 250 years and a particular connection to East Anglia, where the first light vessel was conceived in 1736.

• If you recognise anyone in the pictures or would like to tell us more about them you can email rosemary.dixon@arhcant.co.uk

• To get a copy of one of our old photographs, visit www.edp24.co.uk/buyaphoto or telephone Diane Townsend Mon-Fri on 01603 772449

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