Manxman (1955)

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john sefton
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Manxman (1955)

Post by john sefton » Sun May 10, 2009 8:51 pm

Built by Cammell Laird, Birkenhead in 1955, she is a vessel of 2,495 gross, 946 net tons. Length 34' 10ins, beam 50ft, and draft 12ft 3in. Two steam turbines double reduction geared to two screw shafts give her a speed of 21 knots.
Sea Breezes May 1974 IOM SG27

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Re: Manxman (1955)

Post by aukepalmhof » Mon May 18, 2009 2:19 am

05 July 1973 the Isle of Man issued a set of stamps of which the 9p depict three ferries of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co., Ltd.
The ship approaching the entrance is the MONA’S QUEEN, the vessel berthed on the inside of the pier is the MANXMAN and on the outside is berthed BEN-MY-CHREE.
The details of the MONA’S QUEEN and BEN-MY-CHREE you can find in the shipsonstamp list, the details of the MANXMAN are given below.

Built as a ferry under yard No. 1259 by Cammell Laird & Ltd., Birkenhead for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co. Ltd.
24 March 1953 ordered.
15 April 1954 keel laid down.
08 February 1955 launched under the name MANXMAN (II).
Tonnage 2.945 grt, 946 net, 550 dwt. Dim. 105.11 x 15.24 x 3.73m.
Powered by two Pametrada steam turbines, manufactured by Cammell Laird, 8.000 shp, twin screws, speed 21 knots.
Accommodation for 2.393 passengers, crew 68.
12 May 1955 sea trials.
14May 1955 completed, building cost £847.000.

21 May 1955 maiden voyage from Douglas, Isle of Man to Liverpool, also used for the service to Belfast, Dublin, Androssan and Llandudno.
04 September 1982 sailed for the last voyage from Liverpool in the ferry service to Douglas, returning the same day in Liverpool, thereafter laid up.
03 October 1982 sold to Marda (Squaash) Ltd., England, for about £100.000, not renamed, moved to Preston for lay up as a floating restaurant.
05 November 1990 towed from Preston to Liverpool, again in use as a floating restaurant.
16 April 1994 towed from Liverpool for Hull.
August 1997 a fire broke out on board seriously damaged many of the vintage wood panels of the ship interior.
12 September 1997 arrived under tow at Sunderland, berthed near the Pallion Engineering Company Ltd.

12 July 1999 alongside her berth at Pallion’s Shipyard, Sunderland she sank, when water entered through a hole near the engine room, not any work would seem to have taken place since she arrived there 12 September 1997.
15 July 1999 refloated.
2008 It looks she is still around berthed by the shipyard, but her future looks bleak, and most probably she will be scrapped.

Island Lifeline by Chappell.

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Re: Manxman (1955)

Post by aukepalmhof » Sun Apr 18, 2010 9:51 pm

Letter dated 9 April 2010 from Bill Ogle
Chairman Manxman Steamship Company

Dear Friend of Manxman

You may be aware of the many rumours surrounding the fate of Manxman and, sadly yet inevitably, I can now confirm that the plans for her dismantling are proceeding. In fact contracts have just been signed for the initial phases. I'm sure most of you will realise that her condition continues to deteriorate and that restoration costs are escalating rapidly.

I can also confirm that Pallion Engineering at Sunderland, as agents for her owners, would like to give Manxman enthusiasts and the wider community the opportunity of purchasing some of the memorabilia onboard. There are many significant pieces including the logo badge, name, lifeboats and davits, original interior panelling, wood decking, handrails, portholes windows and many more. Please enquire by email to or telephone 0191 564 0404 and speak to Julie Robson. In fact this process has already started.

So far as the Trust is concerned we can now move into the next stages of the winding up process as required by the Charity Commission. We will advise you when the final position is known both with regard to the amount of residual funds, and distribution.

I can also tell you that I am aware of a letter which you may have received from former Trustees of the Manxman Steamship Company. This will be properly dealt with as a matter of urgency. Meanwhile I can say that if your address was obtained from a copy of our records of the Friends of Manxman then it was taken without our knowledge or approval.

Kind regards
Bill Ogle
Manxman Steamship Company

Rwanda 2000 300f sg?, scott? (she is the white hulled ship in the bacground of the stamp)

Peter Crichton

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