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Liverpool & Douglas Steamers Ltd
S W Higginbottom of Liverpool was one steamship entrepreneur determined
to wrest a share of the lucrative Isle of Man trade from the incumbent
Isle of Man Steam Packet Company. He invested in well tries second hand
tonnage, including Ireland, the longest paddle steamer built for trade
within UK waters, from the City of Dublin Steam Packet Company. When
bought in 1899 she was only fourteed years old, but she was sent for
scrap after the 1900 season. She was replaced by the appropriately
named Calais-Douvres, renamed Mona, the eleven year old ferry from the
South Eastrrn & Chatham Railway which on recent establishment was
rationalising its fleet
The company's operations came to
an abrupt end in 1902 on Higginbottom's death in 1902. Mona was bought
by the Isle of Man SP from the liquidators in 1903
: Mona in service in her Isle of Man Steam Packet colours with
distinctive paddle-box logo after being purchased from the liquidators
of Higginbottom's company.
Photo : wikipedia - Public Domain
Built in 1885 by Laird Bros at Birkenhead
ft : 2049 GRT
Engines Oscillating 102 x 102 in.
Built for the City of Dublin SP Co
Sold to Liverpool
& Douglas Steamers Ltd in 1899.
Scrapped in 1900
Built by in 1889 by Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engg at Govan.
324.5 ft : 1065 GRT.
Engines : Compound diagonal 59 and 106 in x 72 in
Built for the London, Dover & Chatham Railway
Sold to Liverpool & Douglas Steamers in 1901
Sold by the liquidators to the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co in 1903
Scrapped in 1909