Kish lightship

"Kish" refers, several times in the novel, to the Kish Bank, a dangerous sandbar approximately 7 miles east of Dublin with a long history of wrecking oceangoing vessels. The shoals now have a lighthouse, but in 1904 a "lightship" was moored there, supplied and manned (as the lighthouse is today) by the "Irish lights board," a government agency charged with maritime safety.

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A lightship bound for the Kish Bank being launched into the River Dart in Devon, England, date unknown. Source: www.simplonpc.co.uk.

Lightship moored on the Brake Bank, part of the notoriously dangerous Goodwin Sands off the coast of southeastern England, date unknown. Source: www.simplonpc.co.uk.