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Isle of Man Steam Packet Co. / IOMSPCo.Logo

Founded in 1830 as the Mona's Isle Company and in 1832 renamed Isle of Man Steam Packet Co. The company initially operated passenger services from Douglas to Liverpool.

Later services were instituted between the Isle of Man, Heysham, Whitehaven, Belfast and Dublin and the company was a major factor in carrying Irish emigrants to Liverpool for transit to America. The company still operates.

Many thanks to Ted Finch for his assistance in collecting this data. The following list was extracted from various sources. This is not an all inclusive list but should only be used as a guide. If you would like to know more about a vessel, visit the Ship Descriptions (onsite) or Immigrant Ship web site.

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Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Ben-My-Chree (1) 1845 iron paddle steamer, 1860 sold to African SS Co. and hulked in Bonny River. 399
Ben-My-Chree (2) 1875 iron paddle steamer, 1906 scrapped. 1,031
Ben-My-Chree (3) 1908 1915 sold to Admiralty and converted to seaplane carrier, 1917 sunk by Turkish artillery off Gallipoli, later raised and scrapped. 2,651
Ben-My-Chree (4) 1927 1939-1946 troopship, 1965 renamed Ben-My-Chree II, 1965 scrapped. 2,586
Ben-My-Chree (5) 1966 1989 scrapped. 2,762
Ben-My-Chree (6) 1998 2010 still in service. 12,504
Ben-My-Chree II 1927 see Ben-My-Chree (4). 2,586
Conister (1) 1921 ex- Abington, 1932 purchased from G. T. Gillie & Co. renamed Conister, 1965 scrapped. 411
Conister (2) 1955 built as Brentfield for W. A. Savage, 1959 sold to Coast Lines renamed Spaniel, 1973 purchased by IOMSPCo renamed Conister, 1981 scrapped. 891
Cushag 1908 ex- Ardnagrena, 1920 purchased from Humber Steam Coasters renamed Cushag, 1943 sold to Bremner, Orkney, 1957 scrapped. 223
Douglas (1) 1858 iron paddle steamer, 1862 sold to Confederate Government and became blockade runner Margaret and Jessie, 1863 captured and renamed USS Gettysburg, 1879 sold Italy. 700
Douglas (2) 1864 iron paddle steamer, 1888 scrapped. 709
Douglas (3) 1889 ex- Dora, 1901 purchased from London & South Western Railway Co. renamed Douglas, 1923 sank in Mersey after collision with s/s Artemisia. 813
Ellan Vannin 1860 see Mona's Isle (2). 375
Empress Queen 1897 steel paddle steamer, 1915-1916 troopship, 1916 wrecked Isle of Wight. 2,140
Fenella (1) 1881 1929 scrapped. 557
Fenella (2) 1936 1940 sunk off Dunkirk. 2,376
Fenella (3) 1951 1973 sold to Mistichiades, Famagusta renamed Vasso M, 1977 on fire and sank in Mediterranean. 1,019
King Orry (1) 1842 wooden paddle steamer, 1858 sold to Greece. 433
King Orry (2) 1871 iron paddle steamer, 1888 rebuilt to 1,104 tons, 1912 scrapped. 806
King Orry (3) 1913 1915-1918 and 1939-1940 requisitioned by Admiralty as boarding ship, 1940 sunk off Dunkirk. 1,877
King Orry (4) 1946 1978 scrapped. 2,485
Lady of Mann (1) 1930 1971 scrapped. 3,104
Lady of Mann (2) 1976 2007 sold to SAOS Line renamed Panagia Soumela, 2010 still in service. 2,990
Manx Maid (1) 1910 ex- Caesearea, 1923 purchased from London & South Western Railway Co. renamed Manx Maid, 1940 requisitioned as Fleet Air Arm tender HMS Bruce, 1946 released from service, 1950 scrapped. 1,505
Manx Maid (2) 1962 1986 scrapped. 2,724
Manxman (1) 1904 built for Midland Railway Co., 1915 sold to Admiralty converted to seaplane carrier, 1920 purchased by IOMSPCo, 1939 troopship, 1942 requisitioned by Admiralty renamed HMS Caduceus, 1945 released from service renamed Manxman, 1949 scrapped. 2,030
Manxman (2) 1955 1983 sold and converted to restaurant ship. 2,495
Mona (1) 1832 wooden paddle steamer, 1841 sold to Liverpool Steam Tug Co., converted to tug. 150
Mona (2) 1878 1883 sunk in Mersey after collision with s/s Rita. 562
Mona (3) 1889 steel paddle steamer, ex- Calais-Douvres, 1900 purchased from London, Chatham & Dover Railway Co. by Liverpool & Douglas Steamers, 1903 purchased by IOMSPCo renamed Mona, 1909 scrapped. 1,212
Mona (4) 1907 ex- Hazel, 1919 purchased from Laird Line renamed Mona, 1938 scrapped. 1,241
Mona's Isle (1) 1830 wooden paddle steamer, 1851 scrapped. 300
Mona's Isle (2) 1860 iron paddle steamer, 1883 converted to twin screw renamed Ellan Vannin, 1909 went missing on voyage Ramsey - Liverpool ; loss of 36 lives. 375
Mona's Isle (3) 1882 steel paddle steamer, 1915 requisitioned by Admiralty as netlayer, 1919 scrapped. 1,564
Mona's Isle (4) 1905 ex- Onward, 1920 purchased from South Eastern and Chatham Railway Co. renamed Mona's Isle, 1939-1945 Admiralty requisition, 1948 scrapped. 1,671
Mona's Isle (5) 1951 1980 scrapped. 2,491
Mona's Isle (6) 1966 built as Free Enterprise III, 1984 purchased renamed Mona's Isle, 1986 sold renamed Al Fahad. 4,657
Mona's Queen (1) 1853 iron paddle steamer, 1880 scrapped. 451
Mona's Queen (2) 1885 steel paddle steamer, 1914-1919 trooping, 1929 scrapped. 1,595
Mona's Queen (3) 1934 1940 sunk off Dunkirk. 2,755
Mona's Queen (4) 1946 1962 sold to Chandris Line renamed Carina, 1964 renamed Fiesta, 1981 scrapped. 2,485
Mona's Queen (5) 1971 1995 sold Philippines renamed Mary The Queen, 2008 scrapped. 2,998
Peel Castle 1894 ex- Duke of York, 1912 purchased from Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway and London & North Western Railway joint service renamed Peel Castle, 1915-1918 requisitioned by Admiralty as boarding vessel, 1939 scrapped. 1,531
Peveril (1) 1884 1899 sank off Douglas Head after collision with s/s Monarch. 595
Peveril (2) 1929 1963 renamed Peveril II, 1964 scrapped. 798
Peveril (3) 1963 1981 sold renamed Nadalena H. 1,048
Peveril II 1929 see Peveril (2). 798
Prince of Wales 1887 1888 purchased from Manx Line, 1915 sold to Admiralty converted to netlayer renamed Prince Edward, 1920 scrapped. 1,657
Queen of the Isle 1834 wooden paddle steamer, 1844 sold to R. Napier and converted to sailing ship. Later wrecked off Falklands. 350
Queen Victoria 1887 1888 purchased from Manx Line, 1915 sold to Admiralty converted to netlayer, 1920 scrapped. 1,657
Ramsey 1964 1973 sold to Lapthorn Shipping Co. renamed Hoofort. 446
Ramsey Town 1904 ex- Antrim, 1928 purchased from Midland Railway Co. renamed Ramsey Town, 1936 scrapped. 2,100
Rushen Castle 1898 ex- Duke of Cornwall, 1928 purchased from Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway and London & North Western Railway joint service renamed Rushen Castle, 1947 scrapped. 1,540
Seacat Isle of Man 1991 ex- Seacat Boulogne, 1994 renamed Seacat Isle of Man, 1996 renamed Seacat Norge, 1997 renamed Seacat Isle of Man, 2005 renamed Sea Express I. 3,003
Snaefell (1) 1863 iron paddle steamer, 1875 sold to Zeeland SS Co. renamed Stad Breda, 1888 scrapped. 604
Snaefell (2) 1876 iron paddle steamer, 1904 scrapped. 849
Snaefell (3) 1910 1914 requisitioned by Admiralty as boarding ship, 1918 sunk by submarine off Alexandria. 1,368
Snaefell (4) 1906 ex- Viper, 1920 purchased from Burns Line renamed Snaefell, 1945 scrapped. 1,713
Snaefell (5) 1948 1978 scrapped. 2,489
Superseacat Two 1991 no later info. 4,662
The Ramsey 1895 ex- Duke of Lancaster, 1912 purchased from Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway and London & North Western Railway joint service renamed The Ramsey, 1914 requisitioned by Admiralty as boarding vessel, 1915 sunk by German raider Meteor in North Sea. 1,621
Tynwald (1) 1845 iron paddle steamer, 1866 scrapped. 700
Tynwald (2) 1866 iron paddle steamer, 1888 scrapped. 697
Tynwald (3) 1891 1930 laid up, 1933 sold and converted to Yacht renamed Western Isles, 1939 requisitioned by Admiralty renamed HMS Eastern Isles, 1946 laid up, 1952 scrapped. 937
Tynwald (4) 1937 1940 requisitioned as anti-aircraft cruiser, 1942 torpedoed and sunk by Italian submarine Argo off Bougie. 2,376
Tynwald (5) 1947 1952 scrapped. 2,493
Tyrconnel 1892 1911 purchased from Manx Steam Coasters Ltd, 1932 sold to S.W. Coe & Co., 1934 scrapped. 276
Victoria 1907 1928 purchased from South Eastern & Chatham Railway Co., 1940-1946 requisitioned as troopship, 1957 scrapped. 1,641
Viking 1905 1915 sold to Admiralty and converted to seaplane carrier, 1919 repurchased, 1939-1945 troopship, 1954 scrapped. 1,951

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