Another image from our trip to Open House London, this is the weather vane on Trinity House.
The Trinity House Lighthouse Service is the General Lighthouse Authority (GLA) for England, Wales, the Channel Islands and Gibraltar. Their remit is to provide Aids to Navigation to assist the safe passage of a huge variety of vessels through some of the busiest sea-lanes in the world.
Regular traffic ranges from nimble dinghies to mighty super tankers, which have stopping distances running to miles and turning circles to match. To meet their obligations they deploy an impressive array of in excess of 600 aids to navigation, ranging from lighthouses to a satellite navigation service.
Their responsibilities also include the annual inspection and auditing of over 10,000 Aids to Navigation provided by local port and harbour authorities and those provided on offshore structures such as production platforms or wind farms. Trinity House is also responsible for marking, and dispersing wrecks which are a danger to navigation.
They are a charitable organisation dedicated to the safety, welfare and training of mariners.
Deep Sea Pilotage
They are a Deep Sea Pilotage Authority providing expert navigators for ships trading in Northern European waters.
Trinity House are authorised by the Secretary of State for Transport to licence Deep Sea Pilots. Although it's not compulsory to carry a Deep Sea Pilot, many ship's masters unfamiliar with Northern European waters like to employ their professional expertise to assist their bridge team