Gedser Rev (Lightship)
The Lightship Gedser Rev was taken out of service in 1972 and placed in stores at Holmen in Copenhagen, where it was put up for sale. The money for the acquisition of the lightship was donated by A.P. Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller's Foundation for General Purposes.
The lightship was moored at Nyhavn, which at that time was a run down area, after the last packet vessels and potato boats disappeared at the beginning of the 1950s. In the following years the ship was maintained by a group of pensioners, amongst them a former lightship seaman Mads Hansen. Two elderly engineers looked after the machinery all year round. The motor, windlass and foghorn were fully operational when the ship was taken over by the National Museum. This also applied to the machine that controlled the light, whilst the powerful lamp was removed before it was taken over.
Despite the continuous maintenance the first signs of ageing began to show on the old ship and large-scale repairs were inevitable. Thanks to a donation from A.P. Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller's Foundation for General Purposes a contract could be signed in the year 2000 with boat builders Hvide Sandes Skibs- og Baadebyggeri. Here decayed parts of the deck and freeboard were replaced so that the Lightship XVII was watertight once again and could return to its old mooring at Nyhavn.