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photoblog image The Ben-My-Cree

The Ben-My-Cree


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 Ben-My-Cree


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)



comments (8)

  • zed
  • Australia
  • 3 Dec 2009, 07:25
haunting song and clip Les
Les Auld: It is indeed Zed, thanks for the comment.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Dec 2009, 09:04
Back in the late 1960s, I went across to the Isle of Man using the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co.. very different from this ship, of course. I like the web address; a mix of the old traditional ferrying and the dot com feeling of the 21st century. You ceratinly have a good range of ships in the Mersey.
Les Auld: There is a reasonable turn over Alan, I try to get down at least once a week to photograph the action, or lack of it as there often is. Thanks for the comment.
  • Chad
  • wherever I choose
  • 3 Dec 2009, 09:24
This is all interesting stuff Les.I have never been to the isle of man but definately will.
Les Auld: Strangely enough neither have I Chad, thanks for the comment.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 3 Dec 2009, 09:50
Thank you kindly for this very interesting piece of history Les
Les Auld: My pleasure Chris, thanks for the comment.
Interesting story Les. The Mersey certainly has its share of boats.
Les Auld: It does indeed Ron, although a touch less than in years gone by.
I shall be reaching for tissues in a minute, so sad and as you say haunting.
Les Auld: It is indeed Linda, thanks for the comment.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Dec 2009, 12:37
Good photoblogging Les - timely shot and wonderful to hear the Spinners again.
Les Auld: Thanks Mike, Hughie Jones sung his song as a tribute on the Mersey Ferry as it mad a commemorative voyge to near where the Ellan Vannin sang all those years ago.
The last time we went on the IOM ferry was 1975 and they weren't quite as modern as this Les. Very good video as well, I was aware of the ship and name but not its sad history.
Les Auld: Never been on one Brian, perhaps one day. Thanks for the comment.

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