The Ghostship
The Ghost Ship
by Dorothy Cross

The Ghostship is a personal homage to the many light ships which once marked dangerous reefs around the Irish coast, but have now all but dissappeared. The ship is covered in luminous paint and at nightfall is illuminated to glow and fade in cycles over a three hour period. Cross sees GHOST SHIP as honoring "the memory of the lightships whose presence was held dear around the Irish coast. The Role of the sea has now diminished for the Irish people and the view is inwards twords the cities." The original red, engineless lightships were moored to the bottom of the sea and and were crewed by men for weeks on end. Each had large white letters naming the rocks they marked - Daunt, South Roak, Conigebeg, Kish, Lucifer, Barrels, Codling. Manned until 1974, they have now been decommissioned and replaced by automated, electric buoys.

The project took place in Scotsmans' Bay, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland from 3-21 Feb 1999. nightly from 7.30 to 10.30pm

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