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Buoy, Great Britain, 1971



The Large Automated Navigational Buoy or LANBY was introduced around Great Britain and Ireland in the early 1970’s. They were seen as a cheaper way (and one not requiring keepers) of providing a beacon at sites traditionally occupied by moored lightships. LANBY’s were fully automatic, powered by triple-redundant diesel generators and capable of running on station without attention for months. The buoy was about 14m/40′ across and carried its light about 14m/40′ above sea level.

In operation, LANBY’s were not particularly successful but filled a useful gap between the need to phase out lightships and the introduction of reliable solar-powered buoys. The last LANBY (on the Coldling station off Wicklow, Ireland) was withdrawn and scrapped in 2010.

Technical Details

Length Height of light Character
14m 14m as required by the station

Model Details

Scale Length/Height Pieces Sheets Difficulty (1-5)
1:250 4.8/5.3cm 30 1 x A4 4 [Moderate]

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Type of media

Free Download, Printed Model