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Isle of Man Steam Packet Company : Short-sea ferry operator
Monas Isle PC MB.jpg

Post card view of Mona's Isle (1882) kindly supplied from his collection by Michael Brown

The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company was established in 1830 and remains today, reputed to be the oldest continuously-operating pasenger shipping company in the world. In1996 it was absorbed into the enormous Sea Containers shipping conglomeration, but since its demise in 2003, a succession of banks. It provides car ferry services to and from the isle of man to north-west England and Ireland. In common with most sea shipping companies, it switched to screw steamers early on for its cargo vessels and quickly adopted turbine propulsion for its passenger ferries in the early twentieth century. Nevertheless, it operated a fleet of large and fast paddle steamers, their last being Mona's Queen which was in service up until 1929

Ship

Acquired

Disposed

Builder

Engineer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mona's Isle

1830

1851

John Wood

Robert Napier

 

Mona

1832

1841

 

 

Sold to Liverpool Steam Tug Co

Queen of the Isle

1834

1844

 

 

Sold to Robert Napier & Sons. Converted to a sailing ship and lost off the Falkland Islands

King Orry

1842

1858

 

 

Sold to Greek interests

Ben-my-Chree

1845

1860

 

 

Sold to the Africa Steamship Company

Tynwald

1845

1866

 

 

 

Mona's Queen

1853

1880

 

 

 

Douglas

1858

1862

 

 

Sold to the USA Confederate States for blockade running as "Margaret and Jessie", but attacked, beached and captured and became"Gettysburg" for the Federal side. To Italy in 1879

Mona's Isle

1860

1909

 

 

Converted to screw steamer in 1883 and renamed "Ellan Vannin". Lost at sea in 1909

Snaefell

1863

1875

 

 

Sold to Zeeland Steamship Company and renamed "Stad Breda". Scrapped in 1888

Douglas

1864

1888

 

 

 

Tynwald

1866

1888

 

 

 

King Orry

1871

1912

 

 

 

Ben-my-Chree

1875

1906

 

 

 

Snaefell

1876

1904

 

 

 

Mona

1878

1883

 

 

Sunk after a collisionin the River Mersey

Mona's Isle

1882

1915

 

 

Scrapped in 1919 after Admiralty service

Mona's Queen

1885

1929

 

 

 

Queen Victoria

1887

1915

 

 

Scrapped in 1920 after Admiralty service

Prince of Wales

1887

1915

 

 

Scrapped in 1920 after Admiralty service

Empress Queen

1897

1916

 

 

Wrecked off the Isle of Wight whilst acting as a troop carrier

Mona

1903

1909

 

 

Built in 1889 and served n the English Channel then out of Liverpool before purchase


For more postcard images - please go to Ian Boyle's Simplonpc website : http://www.simplonpc.co.uk/IOMSP1.html


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