03 Dec 2009 • 1,154 views
The Isle of Man Steam Packet company is responsible for most of the ferries that travel to the Isle of Man across the Irish Sea. The Ben-My-Cree usually sails between Douglas and Heysham but is seen here on the Mersey.
This is the sixth ship of that name, it means Girl of My Heart in the Manx language. and was launched in 1998.
The Steam Packet company is the oldest continuously operating passenger carrying company in the world, it has been in existence for over 179 years.
Today, the 3rd December, is the 100th anniversary of the Ellan Vannin tragedy when the company's ship floundered in Liverpool Bay during a storm and sank with the loss of 21 crew and 15 passengers. The company has a tradition of re-using the names of ships as they are rebuilt or replaced, as with the Ben-My-Cree but the name Ellan Vannin has never been used again.
In the sixties the Liverpool Folk Group, the Spinners, wrote a song about the tragedy and it has haunted me for years and years after first hearing it in the mid 60s. (the images are not quite relevant but the words definitely are)
The Nightmare Cr...
A Winter's Trail
Celebration of C...