The first lightship, the Nore, was actually a “fire beacon” ship and was laid up at the mouth of the River Thames in 1731.
The “light”, a fire beacon, was hoisted up the mast in a basket.
The first Dutch lightship was laid up at the location Noord-Hinder in 1858. A number of lightships were to follow.

The shipyard “De Waal” built the Noord Hinder in Zaltbommel in 1963.
In 1981 the lightship 12 “Noord-Hinder” was renovated by shipyard Hoogenraad & Kuyt in Scheveningen.
During this renovation, the Kromhout diesel engines were replaced by four 4-cylinder water-cooled “Samofa” diesel engines, each having 40 HP.
After the aft mast was removed, a helicopter deck was added to the stern. Furthermore, all work involving the handling of the light and the nautophone (fog horn) as well as the engines was automated and could now be operated from the mainland radiographically.
The cardanic suspension optical apparatus was replaced by a fixed optical apparatus.
The steering mechanism was removed and the rudder fastened.
Plaat de waal 1963In short, after Lightship 12 “Noord-Hinder” was renovated, it no longer needed a crew on board and could be anchored into position.
When needed, maintenance crews could be dropped by helicopter onto the helicopter deck using the ship’s hoist.
The Lightship 12 was docked at Texel from September 1983 to August 1987 and from January to May 1992.
The “Samofa” engines were replaced in 1992 by three air-cooled diesel “Deutz” engines. .
On 21 March 1994 the Lightship 12 was the last Dutch lightship to be removed from sea. Due to modern navigational aids on board sea vessels, it no longer was needed at sea and was laid up in Hellevoetsluis.
At the former position of the “Noord-Hinder” is now a beacon with the letters NHR equipped with RACON, a radar transponder.

Contact

For group tour appointments and information:
Telephone: +31 657 575 792

Visiting address:
Koningskade 4,
3221 CC Hellevoetsluis


Postal address:
Postbus 1014
3220 BA Hellevoetsluis
E-mail: info@noordhinder.nl

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For the occasion of the Noord Hinder's Golden Jubilee, we have had special postal stamps printed and selected two very fine French wines (white and red).  
These items are for sale in our ship's shop on board the Noord Hinder / in the Online shop. Now also stamps for 2018!

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