Manx Shipping Archive

Created by: Lester Caine, Last modification: 22 Nov 2011 (21:50 GMT)

There had been various shipping companies serving the Isle of Man before the formation of this company in 1830, but such crossings were irregular and vessels used were unreliable. As a result the island could be cut off for weeks at a time. The Manx people felt it was essential they should have their own dedicated service. A meeting was held in the island's capital Douglas in 1829, from which was formed a committee charged with finding out the cost of acquiring a Steam Packet.

On 30 June 1830, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company was born when the brand new vessel, Mona’s Isle, built at a cost of £7,250, sailed from Douglas to Liverpool on its very first sailing.

  1. TSS Manxman
  2. TSS Manxman Source Material
  3. TSS Tynwald
  4. TSS Lady of Mann