Isle of Man Steam Packet Company celebrates 190th anniversary

Credit: Isle of Man Steam Packet Company

The Isle of Man Steam Packet company is celebrating its anniversary after serving the island for 190 years.

It is the world's oldest continually operating passenger shipping company, starting on 30th June 1830.

The first vessel was the wooden paddle steamer known as Mona's Isle, which was launched from John Wood & Co's yard in Glasgow before arriving in Douglas.

Her maiden voyage from the Isle of Man took place in mid-August of that year.

Since then the Company has been through two world wars, takeover bids and various ownership transfers for almost two centuries.

The history of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company is a wide-ranging one and everyone will have different memories and recollections. From the very first ship Mona's Isle to the current conventional ferry Ben-My-Chree or our fast craft, Manannan, the Steam Packet Company vessels have always provided a sense of pride and security for the people of the Isle of Man.

Mark Woodward, Chief Executive of Isle of Man Steam Packet Company

To celebrate the milestone, the fleet sounded their whistles in Douglas Harbour at 6pm on 30th June decked in bunting.

Operations Manager, James Royston, spoke about the significance of the day.


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