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Lady of Mann

Post by shipstamps » Wed Jan 14, 2009 4:22 pm

Known as the company's "centenary" steamer, the Lady of Mann was built in the company's 100th year by Vickers - Armstrongs Ltd., Barrow, and launched on March 4, 1930. She was named in honour of the Duchess of Atholl who per-formed the launching ceremony. The Duke of Atholl's ancestors were rulers of the Isle of Man, under the British Crown and bore the title of Lords of Mann.
This vessel was the sixth ship built by the Barrow yard for the owners and it is worth noting here that her construction was very speedy. The order for the ship was placed on July 3, 1929 and the keel laid on October 19. By December 21, the framing was completed and the plating finished by January 27, 1930. She was ready for service in June of that year. The Lady of Mann is the largest vessel and has the biggest carrying capacity in the fleet with Passenger accommodation for 2,873. Her dimensions are: 371 ft. (o.a.) x 50 ft. x 18 ft 6 in. and she has a gross tonnage of 3,104.unit in the fleet and is the fifth new ship to enter the service since the Second World War;
British Sailors Society label. Sea Breezes 7/54
Isle of Mann SG553 607

Of the three Isle of Man ships that saw action on D-Day, the Lady of Mann had the most eventful record of the war. At Dunkirk, it was estimated that she rescued some 9,000 wen during the operation, then later on Operation "Ariel" she rescued 5,000 troops. On D-Day, she was in action again - this time she had been converted to an LSI (H) (Landing Ship Infantry, H-Hand hoisted), carrying six landing assault craft and 500 men. She was also the headquarters ship of the 512th Assault Flotilla, who were responsible for controlling the landings on JUNO BEACH.
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Re: Lady of Mann

Post by aukepalmhof » Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:17 pm

Isle of Man 2004 47p sg?, scott?, she is the vessel on the left of the stamp, the other on the right is the BEN-MY-CHREE IV.

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Re: Lady of Mann

Post by Arturo » Mon Jan 26, 2015 9:35 pm

Lady of Mann RMS (Passenger Ship) 1930

RMS Lady of Mann was a passenger ship, built by Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Companyat Barrow-in-Furness in 1930, at a cost of £ 249,073 (£13,739,545 in 2015). Certificated to carry 2873 passengers and 81 crew, she was commissioned to operate on the Island's busy Douglas - Liverpool;Douglas - Fleetwood routes, and had a maximum speed of 23 knots.

Her hull was at first the Company's conventional black, but was changed to white and green in 1933, only to revert to black after her war service.

The year 1930 saw the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company celebrate its centenary, and to mark this, the Lady of Mann was to be the largest ship ever built for it to that date.

The Lady of Mann Clyde trials recorded 22.79 knots, but her speed was often over 23 knots on regular service. She was driven by two sets of single-reduction geared turbines; 220 pounds per square inch (1,500 kPa), and developed a shaft horsepower of 11,500. The ship was oil-fired by cylindrical Scotch boilers.

Lady of Mann's general design and machinery followed closely that of the Ben-my-Chree, with the improvements gained by the three years operation of that vessel. Her initial work was on the Douglas - Fleetwood service where she took the place of the Viking, and engaged on Sunday excursions from that port.

During the 1930s, like her sisters Ben-my-Chree and Mona's Queen, "The Lady" was painted with a white hull over green.

See topics: “Ben-my-Chree (III) 1908” and “Mona’s Queen (III) Ferry”

This was a summer colour scheme adopted by the Company, and proved immensely popular with the public. All three sisters were exceedingly well appointed vessels, and upon entering service were each met with high acclaim.

No records are available concerning the number of passengers carried by the Lady of Mann from when she entered service until the outbreak of war.

During WW-II, under the command of her Master Captain T.C. (Daddy) Woods O.B.E., she joined seven of her Steam Packet sisters at Dunkirk and then at the evacuation of the north-western French ports. After this she spent four years on transport work from Lerwick. She then went south and was engaged in the D-Day landingson the Cherbourg peninsula.

Requisitioned as a personnel ship at the outbreak of war, she had a good turn of speed, and was able to get in and out of the Dunkirk bombardments and lift 4,262 men back to the relative safety of Dover and Folkstone. She remained for six hours in Dunkirk harbour on May 31, 1940, despite having been damaged by shellfire from shore batteries on her approach and being bombed by enemy aircraft.

She emerged from the bombing with little damage and claimed one enemy aircraft shot down. She was back at Dunkirk in the early hours of June 1 and took off 1,500 casualties. The following day, June 2, she again steamed into Dunkirk but was ordered back for lack of troops, as by this time the evacuation was drawing towards its close. She picked up 18 French soldiers from a small boat on her way back and landed them in England. On the night of June 3, she made her last trip to the shattered harbour. She berthed alongside the East Pier at a little after midnight on the morning of June 4, and left for England after embarking another 1,244 troops in little over an hour. Later that afternoon, Operation Dynamo ended.

Over the period of the evacuation, the Lady of Mann had lifted more troops to safety than any other vessel.

Twelve days later, the Lady of Mann was in action once more. She became part of the force of personnel ships assigned to Operation Ariel, the evacuation from the ports of north-west France.

She was at Le Havre, Cherbourg and Brest, embarking troops as the enemy advanced in a vast encircling movement. Along with her Steam Packet sister Manx Maid, the Lady was one of the last three ships to leave Le Havre.

See topic: “Caesarea ferry 1910” (First name of Manx Maid)

It was estimated she had 5,000 troops on board as she pulled out under air attack.

From the following August until April 1944, the Lady of Mann performed troop transport duties, mainly between Invergordon, Aberdeen and Lerwick to the Faroe Islands. Her war career was similar to that of the Ben-my-Chree, and probably no other two ships were in each other's company on so many occasions. Both "The Lady" and "The Ben" routinely demonstrated their qualities as fine sea boats in the most adverse weather, and it was not uncommon for them to have to await their naval escorts, it being too rough for them to proceed at their speed.

At times she was also engaged ferrying troops and air force personnel from the RMS Queen Mary, which served throughout the war as a troop transport ship.

See topic: “Queen Mary (1936)”

"The Queen" would arrive in Belfast from Canada or the United States, turn around quickly and set off again westwards. "The Lady", was one of several vessels that serviced the big Cunarder, taking troops on the final leg of their sea voyage to Greenock.

The Lady of Mann was then taken over by the Admiralty and converted to an Landing Ship Infantry (Hand Hoisting) vessel with a carrying capacity of six landing craft, 55 officers and 435 men.

On D-Day, 6 June 1944, she was the headquarters ship of the senior officer of the 512th Assault Flotilla, responsible for the landings in the Juno area near Courselles. Later in the month, while still on the Normandy operations, she was retired for repairs and then went back to her duties as a personnel carrier. She served as such for the remainder of the war, carrying on for some months afterwards moving troops and bringing out displaced persons. She was mostly Channel plying to Ostende and the Hook from such ports as Dover and Harwich.

The Lady of Mann returned to her home port, Douglas, on 9 March 1946, where she was given a civic reception. A local paper that week said that during her war service the Lady of Mann had carried more than 2,000000 troops.

She was reconditioned by Cammell Laird & Co at Birkenhead and after her proud war service, Lady of Mann returned to her duties with the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company on 14 June 1946.

Like her sister Ben-my-Chree, "The Lady" only sailed during the summer season, and this may go some way to explaining their relatively long lives.

Her career continued until August 1971. Lady of Mann made her final sailing from Liverpool at 09:00hrs on August, 14. In the afternoon she made passage from Douglas to Ardrossan, returning the following day, Sunday, August 15.

After a final day in her home port, Douglas, she departed bound for Barrow-in-Furness where she was laid up awaiting sale.

On December 14, 1971, Lady of Mann was sold to Arnott Young and Co., Glasgow. She was taken under tow by the tug Wrestler on December 29, arriving at Dalmuir on December 31, for breaking up.

The Lady of Mann was an exceedingly popular ship. When she came to be broken up, enthusiasts wrote from all parts of Britain hoping to get souvenirs from her.

The name Lady of Mann was resurrected by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company in 1976, when the fourth car ferry MS Lady of Mann joined the fleet.

See Topic: “Lady of Mann II”

Isle of Mann 2000, S.G.?, Scott: 882.

Source: Wikipedia.
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Re: Lady of Mann

Post by D. v. Nieuwenhuijzen » Tue Jul 02, 2019 6:24 pm

Isle of Man 2019, 1st, StG.?
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