A sad postscript to the Mannin story is that within days of Roy writing his memoires of the Mannin we hear via Manx Radio that she has sunk in Runcorn (Weston Point Docks). An internet search turns up these pictures (taken February 2004 and curteousy of Dan Cross)
Dan understands she sank on February 11, 2004. The vessel was laid up at the Ellesmere Port Boat Museum for many years, before being moved from there around 18 months ago. At the time there was talk of restoration, however, looking at the photographs one must come to the conclusion that no work was done.
(in the shadow of a church.. is this to be the resting place of this great ship?)
A sad set of pictures indeed. We wonder what will happen to her now. Will her owner see fit to refloat her, or will she rust away where she lays? Time will tell.
But our internet search also revealed a relatively recent picture of the Mannin understeam - a reminder of her working days in Douglas and the other ports in the Isle of Man... John Luxton writes: "It shows this classic little ship under steam and at work in Glasson Dock during the winter of 1980. One must hope that it is not too late to save Mannin."
[? J.H. Luxton 1980]
Roy & Allan Kissack