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TO THE ISLE OF MAN
The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company's
the 'Lady of Mann', 4500 tons, built 1975, tenuously maintains a long
of passenger service between Llandudno and Douglas, Isle of Man.
She is seen here along side at the Llandudno pier head,
in the early morning of June 10th 2003, boarding passengers
for the Annual Day Excursion from Llandudno to Douglas.
On board the Lady of Mann, May 2005
in the Isle of Mann, if only for a day, I cannot resist
a trip on the world famous Manx Electric Railway from
Douglas to Laxey and beyond to Ramsey.
in 1893, Car No. 1, seen here at Laxey on June 10th 2003,
is the oldest regularly operated electric
The unique 'Fell System' Mountain Railway runs from Laxey to the
Also at Laxey the world famous 'Lady Isabela' Water Wheel,
one of the largest still existing, although no longer pumping water
from the lead mines, but beautifully preserved and still operational.
Douglas Corporation operate the last remaining horse tramway
the British Isles
Out in the bay is a long line of rocks - the Conister rocks that
submerge at high tide
and on which the 'St. George' Royal Mail Packet was wrecked in 1830
Sir William Hillary (founder of the RNLI and Cox of the Douglas
with four fellow members of the lifeboat crew were washed overboard
- but every life (including all 22 from the mail boat) was saved.
William, an early relation of Sir Edmund Hillary of Everest fame,
built, at his own expense, the
Tower of Refuge that now stands on the rock.
The Villa Marina Colonade and Gardens on the Douglas Promenade,
Isle of Man Railway steam train at Castletown
photographs © Noel
from Llandudno by Steamers and Cruise Vessels have ceased,
it is hoped only
temporarily, owing to the need for repairs to the landing stage,
for which there are, it is understood, no funds available.
The last sailings to
in the Isle of Man were in May 2005,
since when the "Lady
of Mann" has
been sold by the Isle of Man
Company for service in the
The MV Balmoral last
visited Llandudno in June 2006.
The MV Balmoral
the Queen of North Wales Resorts
Welsh Highland Railway
Great Orme Tramway
Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza