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Scotland’s last surviving lightship springs a leak

Emergency crews were called out to the North Carr, which is moored within Victoria Dock in Dundee, on Sunday afternoon.

North Carr, Dundee.
Dundee: The North Carr lightship. STV

Scotland’s last surviving lightship has sprung a leak.

Emergency crews were called out to the North Carr, which is moored within Victoria Dock at City Quay in Dundee, after the alarm was raised on Sunday afternoon.

Firefighters were first on scene to pump the water out.

Volunteers from charity Tay Maritime Action (Taymara), which owns the vessel, have since taken over and are searching for the source of the leak.

Coastguard crews have remained in attendance to provide support.

Bob Richmond, chairman of Taymara, told STV News: “We don’t know where the leak is yet, but we’ve got our own pumps running now.

“Once we’ve located the leak, we’ll be able to plug it.

“The ship was built in 1932, so we think it could just be the age of the vessel.

“We’ve identified other areas of weakness, which we’ve been working on.”

North Carr, Dundee.
Emergency: Teams are working to find the source of the leak.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said crews were alerted at 1.25pm.

She added: “We were called to pump out water.

“We’re no longer there. We left the scene at 2.10pm.”

The North Carr – once operated by the Northern Lighthouse Board – was stationed off the North Carr rocks near Fife and remained in service until 1975.

It was used as a museum in Anstruther for years before being purchased from a scrapyard in 2010 for £1.

Now owned by Taymara, it is moored in Dundee awaiting restoration as an exhibition space.

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