In the 1960s and 70s Clover Dairy of England issued trading cards covering all types of topics. On the reverse of each card was information that related to the item featured on the front.
One of those series of cards was a set of 25 titled, “SHIPS And Their Workings.”
Number 3 in this set was a lightship showing three important aspects which were described on the back as follows: As a navigational help to shipping, lightships give a wonderful service. They are usually manned by a crew of seven, carry powerful lights and are moored by strong cables. A few of the interesting devices on a lightship are: No 1, the light; No. 2, air storage tanks for the fog horn; and No. 3, machinery.
We would encourage younger people to get involved in saving old collector cards. They can easily be found on places like Ebay. Not only is it a fun and unique hobby, but it can be educational.
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