Steam Packet Vessels
The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Limited (abbreviated to IOMSPCo.) (Manx: Sheshaght Phaggad Bree Ellan Vannin) is the oldest continuously operating passenger shipping company in the world, celebrating its 180th anniversary in 2010.
The company provides freight, passenger and vehicle services between the Isle of Man Sea Terminal, in Douglas, Isle of Man, and five ports in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
SteamPacket Fleet history
The company originally started utilising wooden paddle steamers, which soon gave way to the steel “screw” vessels. The “screw” vessels were superseded by turbine steamers, the first being the 1905 Viking. The company then replaced the passenger-only steamers with side-loading car ferries, the first diesel car ferry being the 1972 Mona’s Queen [V]. Fastcraft then became the next generation of vessels to operate for the company, the first being the SeaCat Isle of Man. The company now operates a fleet of two, a fastcraft and a RO-PAX conventional ferry.
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