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SS Manxman
« on: May 06, 2006, 08:17:30 PM »

The last traditional Isle of Man steamer looks set to be scrapped, the ship now lies in tatters after a gang, which police say had expertise in engineering, illegally boarded Manxman currently berthed at Pallion shipyard, on the River Wear, at Sunderland. They ripped out important valves and pipework, allowing water to flood her engine room. '
Last night Pallion Engineering, agents for Manxman's owners Wavepower Navigation Corp, said the company was unwilling to wait any longer for fund-raisers to buy the ship. A Pallion Engineering spokesman said it has been forced to recognise the ship presents an "increasing hazard" to safety and has reluctantly taken steps for her to be scrapped. Channel 4 chose Manxman, built by Cammell Laird in Birkenhead, in 1955, after discarding 20 other vessels in a nationwide search for a suitable key ship.
The documentary, commissioned by Channel 4 from leading independent producers IWC, had already formally proposed to show Manxman being restored to full working order. Wirral Borough Council had pledged use of Laird's former No 4 drydock, but the documentary's progress stalled when Liverpool City Council and Liverpool Chamber of Commerce pointedly ignored pleas from the Manxman Steamship Company charitable Trust to help find funds to pump-prime the project.
Liverpool Culture Company, in charge of European Capital of Culture events, gave its support but says it is unable to help financially. Without this crucial local cash commitment to the project, Channel 4 and IWC are unable to access Heritage Lottery Funding and other grant revenues for the project. This is all despite the World Heritage Site assessor criticising the city, whose Unesco status is based on its maritime past, for having no major ship exhibit. After restoration, Manxman Steamship Co intended to run the ship as a conference, education and training centre, also available for events such as weddings.
"During summer it was hoped to steam her for excursion work from Liverpool, acting as a floating ambassadress for the city in 2007-8 and afterward," says Bill Ogle, Manxman Steamship chairman. Manxman is the last surviving large passenger ship built at Cammell Laird and also one of the last major merchant ships whose service made Liverpool second city of the British Empire. Built to a 1930s design, the ship's wood-panelled interiors and brass fittings epitomise the pre-plastic, car ferry era of cross channel travel.

For more information, please contact the Manxman Steamship company or email chrisbrindle@maritimebritain.org.uk
http://www.manxman-som.fsnet.co.uk/
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Re: SS Manxman
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2006, 10:27:47 PM »

Manxman was once a night club in Preston docks, Had many a good time on her. Even sailed to the IoM on her once.
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Re: SS Manxman
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2006, 11:05:22 PM »

The person you were with or the boat???????

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Pointy

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Re: SS Manxman
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2006, 08:41:28 PM »

Poor thing, its almost like a murder isn't it. :'(
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Re: SS Manxman
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2006, 01:27:45 PM »

COME on lottery fund.  give some help here to save some  British heritage
remember steam's not just trains and water pumps as great as they are. had a trip on the Waverly
last year. I was like a kid in a sweet shop.
hope something can save her even in the state we see she looks Grand.
 
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Re: SS Manxman
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2006, 07:55:01 PM »

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Re: SS Manxman
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2006, 08:03:41 PM »

HI ALL
         SHE WAS ALSO A NIGHTCLUB IN HULL, AND WHERE YOU SEE THE BOW CUT SQUARE, THAT WAS TO FIT AGAINST A BRICK WALL
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Re: SS Manxman
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2006, 05:07:34 PM »

HI ALL
? ? ? ? ?SHE WAS ALSO A NIGHTCLUB IN HULL, AND WHERE YOU SEE THE BOW CUT SQUARE, THAT WAS TO FIT AGAINST A BRICK WALL
The bow has been repaired, but not painted to match the rest of the ship (luckily)

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Re: SS Manxman
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2006, 11:41:53 AM »

ITS JUST AS I REMEMBER IT, EXEPT FOR THE CONDITION
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Re: SS Manxman
« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2006, 08:00:06 PM »

has there been a update ,
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Re: SS Manxman
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Re: SS Manxman
« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2006, 02:23:42 PM »

Just got a copy of "Save the Manxman" a Liverpool Echo special supplement. 28 pages for 1.50 plus 1 postage from here

http://www.ssmanxman.co.uk/Echo%20Supplement.htm

Lots of boat pictures, not just Manxman, well worth the 2.50 or a bit more if you want to make a donation!

Go on you know you want one. ;D
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