IOMSPCo Isle of Man Steam Packet passenger services paper collectibles

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Seller: Top-Rated Seller elro123 (3,378) 100%, Location: Ramsey IOM, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 254024167005 When I was about ten, my father took me to IOMSPCo headquarters, Imperial Buildings which was then a magnificent Regency style mansion on the base of the King Edward Pier. This was to book our tickets but we also bought some IOMSPCo commem ship stamps, and it was the first collectible I had. Sixty years later I still try to find material relating to the 'proper' i.e. pre-1984 IOMSPCo when it was an independent Manx owned company with a fleet that in my childhood was 11 ships. In some cases I have some spare items but not nearly as many as I would like, alas. ================================================ Isle of Man Steam Packet Co sailing arrangements handbill for December 1923 --- almost 100 years old. In decades of collecting rare IOMSPCo paperwork, one of the gems were the sailing arrangements lists which gave the identity of the boat assigned to a specific service. I recall one lovely moment ascending Snaefell and as we rounded the curve we could see a ship approaching Douglas. My two school friends were interested in the IOMSPCo and we could eliminate the three freight boats the two car ferries, the Lady of Man although we were about nine miles away. The other passengers were amazed that we had narrowed the choice from 11 to 5 boats in seconds and then one of us pointed out that because of the lifeboats it HAD to be the Manxman! When we got off the Snaefell car, I put my hand in my pocket to produce the private sailings arrangements notice and confirmed we were right! Apart from the private sailing arrangements, the IOMSPCo once produced public sailing arrangements handbills of which this is a very rare survivor! this was one of the few pre-1930 sailings lists I have unearthed. In the 1970s the IOMSPCo Imperial Buildings headquarters were demolished and a new office block put up and a vast amount of paperwork was sent to landfill (I heard from some of the staff who had the job of dumping it!). Another important office went a few years later and the Ramsey office was also sold off. Also a lot of old paperwork was used as jotting paper on the back, and then usually thrown away. This handbill covers the December 1923 sailings of the 1881 Fenella, the 1892 Tynwald and the second hand Mona, all of which went for scrap between 1929 and 1936. ================================================== Isle of Man Steam Packet Co IOMSPCo XMAS 1938 6 x 7.5" Boxing Day handbill EXCURSION on new steamer FENELLA This handbill in black on orange paper promotes a long day excursion from Douglas to Liverpool on Boxing Day 1938 which would allow excursionists to visit Goodison Park for the League match between Everton and Derby County. The handbill is cropped very close to the bottom and I assumed it had been cut short, but my file copy is identical as is a damaged copy and that is too much of a coincidence, so it seems it was produced to this odd format. The back was used for scrap notes in Jan 1939 and a few are faintly visible on the face but unobtrusive. The Fenella was one of the twins of 1937, the other being the Tynwald and both were lost on war service, so with a service career of just three years paperwork is rare for either ship. =========================================================== Isle of Man IOMSPCo Edmondson Passenger Tickets (5) This collection of five Isle of Man Steam Packet Co “Edmondson” style card passenger tickets recalls that days when railway and shipping lines used the convenient and practical Edmondson card ticket and how different journeys, classes and fare types were distinguished by different colour tickets, a far more sensible and convenient system than we use today ! Two tickets are probably post-war, in the period from c1950 to 1966 when the IOMSPCo abandoned two classes on its vessels. One printed on a yellow and white striped ticket is for a First Class Douglas-Belfast day excursion, and has a D imprint on the return half. The comparable Third Class Excursion is on green and white striped ticket stock. In earlier times, First class was known as SALOON and third class as STEERAGE, and a Douglas to Liverpool OR Fleetwood SALOON single is included. The most unusual tickets are a pair of Douglas to Dublin DAY EXCURSIONS. The SALOON CABIN designation gives an idea of the age, and is on a horizontally striped pink and green ticket with a red three legs in a red circle and a red X on the return portion. The matching STEERAGE ticket is on blue and white card with a red three legs and a green cross on the return half. All five tickets are in clean attractive condition. NOTE The ticket supplied will be identical to the illustration, but the ticket illustrated is a sample, to save scanning identical items repeatedly. ==================================================================== Isle of Man SP Co Dublin 2 First Class Yellow Coupon ticketsAlthough the IOMSPCo used standard Edmondson card tickets for many years, various other designs were in use, including these thin card tickets which measure approx 5.5 x 2.5 ins and are rouletted down the centre line. As the card stock is very thin, and the ticket is very large, they were not very practical, and were prone to falling apart even before they got out of the booking office, let alone once they had spent a few minutes in the handbags or pockets of the passengers to whom they were issued. This pair of coupon tickets cover an Adult Douglas to Dublin FIRST CLASS DAY EXCURSION, and a child ticket. They are not a perfect match, the child ticket being a deeper yellow and bearing a 5.00pm sailing from Dublin. The adult ticket originally displayed a 5.30pm sailing time, but this has been cancelled and a 5.00pm sailing provided instead. NOTE The ticket supplied will be identical to the illustration, but the ticket illustrated is a sample, to save scanning identical items repeatedly, and to avoid handling them unnecessarily, given the fragile nature of the cut line. Because of this fragility, most surviving examples are partially if not completely ====================================================================== Isle of Man SP Co 2 Dublin Second Class Blue Coupon ticketsAlthough the IOMSPCo used standard Edmondson card tickets for many years, various other designs were in use, including these thin card tickets which measure approx 5.5 x 2.5 ins and are rouletted down the centre line. As the card stock is very thin, and the ticket is very large, they were not very practical, and were prone to falling apart even before they got out of the booking office, let alone once they had spent a few minutes in the handbags or pockets of the passengers to whom they were issued. This pair of coupon tickets cover an Adult Douglas to Dublin SECOND CLASS DAY EXCURSION, and a child ticket. They are not a perfect match, the child ticket being a slightly different blue and bearing a 5.00pm sailing from Dublin. The adult ticket originally displayed a 5.30pm sailing time, but this has been cancelled and a 5.00pm sailing provided instead. NOTE The ticket supplied will be identical to the illustration, but the ticket illustrated is a sample, to save scanning identical items repeatedly, and to avoid handling them unnecessarily, given the fragile nature of the cut line. Because of this fragility, most surviving examples are partially if not completely detached from one another, and whilst we always pack items carefully, we cannot guarantee that handling, packing, the gentle ministrations of the post office in transit, and unpacking or mounting in an album for display will not cause the ticket halves to separate. The tickets are sold on the express understanding that we CANNOT guarantee that the two halves will remain joined, although we will do what we can to handle them with care and pack them suitably. We would strongly emphasise to the buyer that extreme care is needed in handling them. This caution is because of the absurd design of the tickets and presumably explains why the type does not seem to have proliferated. ====================================================================== 1940s Isle of Man IOM Steam Packet Co Excess Fare sea rail ticket for RAF man This 3.5 x 4.75" IOMSPCo Excess fare ticket from the 1940s has been used in a different way to its intended purpose, as an Excess fare ticket is for a passenger travelling without a ticket or by a superior class or beyond his paid destination. In the pressure of war the IOMSPCo and IMR used paper tickets to cope with a unprecedented situation. Here we have an RAF warrant to Sulby Glen for Jurby air base, which has taken the serviceman by rail as far as Liverpool and when he presents his warrant at Pier Head, instead of an HM Forces ticket is given an Excess Fare ticket valid boat to Douglas and by train to Sulby Glen. ===================================================================== Steam Packet IOMSPCo chartered cargo boat SS Seaville 1946 13 x 16" cargo list SUNK 1951 With heavy freight traffic to the Isle of Man at the end of the war not least because of internment and military bases, the IOMSPCo chartered various boats one being J S Monks 1918 coaster SS Seaville which made regular trips to Liverpool. on 20-11-1951 the Seaville was in collision in the Mersey and sank. With an unbelievable lack of tact the IOMSPCo notified consignees of goods sent by the Seaville of the loss and included an account for the freight charges on the goods that were now lying at the bottom of the Mersey. Material relating to the Seaville is understandably rare, so this is a chance to add an item that is truly remarkable. ======================================================================v IOMSPCo Steam Packet 1938 pictorial Llandudno handbill Mona's Queen lost Dunkirk This is one of the classic IOMSPCo pictorial handbills with a photo of a specific ship on the handbill. It advertises a Tuesday excursion by the magnificent white painted MONA'S QUEEN of 1934, which went on war service in 1939 and was lost at Dunkirk in 1940. The IOMSPCo portrait of the Mona's Queen was specially commissioned for the Board Room and is a truly magnificent painting and shows the vessel in the all over white livery adopted in 1933-34 for the three most important ships, the Ben my Chree, Lady of Mann and Mona's Queen..With her raised forecastle, the Queen was the most impressive of the three ships and had she not been lost in action would have been a part of the fleet until the 1970s. The handbill survived as the back was used for jottings, and was one of a pair I found on our latest trip to our Rugby home. i have never seen another copy of this handbill on sale.. ========================================================= 2 IOMSPCo parcel & luggage waybills, King Orry & Manxman on winter sailings 1959 Before 1900 the tradition grew up of morning and afternoon boats in summer between Douglas and Liverpool, but just a single sailing each way in winter. These were the celebrated 9.00am boat from Douglas and the 11.00am sailing from the Landing Stage. Two ships were required which provided immediate cover in case of a break down and cover for extra sailings at busy periods. In December 1959, which was before the first of the car ferries, the two steamers on the winter service were the King Orry of 1945, the first of the six 'sisters' and the Manxman of 1955, which was the last of the six. These two manifests which measure 13 x 15.5" are a reminder of the heavy parcels and through booked luggage carried by the steamers even in winter and handed over on arrival to the IMR for carriage to destinations such as St Marks, Castletown, Ballasalla, St John's, Peel, PSM, Santon, Colby, Ballaugh, Jurby. PE, or Glen Auldyn per the Manxman waybill for this one day. ============================================ 2 IOMSPCo & IMR Steam Packet used Exchange Tickets L'pool to Ramsey & Sulby Glen These two items are used IOMSPCo single EXCHANGE tickets which would have been issued at the Landing Stage [see STAGE inscription on bottom left] to passengers with a travel warrant of some sort, probably RAF warrants as one is to Sulby Glen which was the railhead for Jurby RAF station. As Andreas RAF station had closed in 1946, the Ramsey ticket could be for the small Air-Sea Rescue launch unit stationed at Ramsey at the top of the harbour and only a few yards from the railway station, but that is surmise. When I was a child, RAF men in uniform were regularly to be seen on the SPCo boats showing how much passenger traffic Jurby air base brought to the IOMSPCo and the IMR. Because of the demolition of IOMSPCo head offices, Imperial Buildings c1970, and the closure of IMR head offices a few years later, very few used IMR or IOMSPCo tickets survive, giving this pair of 1952 tickets especial appeal for the rail or ship collector. ================================================================== IOMSPCo Steam Packet 1919 high season Sailings list with note ships lost in war This has to be one of the most remarkable items we have ever placed on sale. The IOMSPCo used to print a Sailing arrangements sheet which would cover from 1 to 3 months and this is the July-Aug 1919 issue, for what was the first season after the end of the Great War. It lists the Liverpool Douglas double daily service, and explains there will be NO direct Liverpool-Ramsey sailings in July or August which is a break with tradition. The next section explains that Fleetwood Douglas, Glasgow-Douglas, Ardrossan-Douglas, Dublin-Douglas, Belfast to Douglas or Peel, and Whitehaven-Ramsey will not operate this year, and explains why, 'Owing to the loss of several of the Company's steamers whilst in Admiralty service during the war, and the appropriation of others by the Government, there will not be any regular services during July or August to or from the above ports.' It lists the surviving fleet as the King Orry, Peel Castle, PS Mona's Queen, Mona, Tynwald, Douglas, Fenella and Tyrconnel. Of these the only 'first line' ships were the King Orry and the Peel Castle, with the Tyrconnel a pure freight boat, and the Douglas and Fenella both being used on slow passenger and freight services, as were the Mona and Tynwald. Cars were conveyed on deck on cargo steamers only. As required cargo services would operate to Glasgow, Belfast and Whitehaven, whilst the IOM Coasting steamer TYRCONNEL would sail once weekly from Liverpool to Castletown and Peel and once fortnightly to Port St Mary. On the back are the conditions of carriage. I found two copies of this amazing circular which reveals the disastrous effect on the IOMSPCo fleet of the Great War with all secondary routes unserved in 1919. One went into our archive and this is the second one. It is unlikely we will ever have another one for sale. ====================================== IOMSPCo Steam Packet Passenger fare increase handbill 1951 by A E Teare. With the Isle of Man Railway we have been able to offer a wide range of handbills from 1908 to the 1960s, and a smaller but excellent range of MER material, but due to the demolition of the IOMSPCo Imperial Buildings head offices at the start of the 1970s, lorry loads of paperwork were sent to landfill, making it harder to build up vintage IOMSPCo material. This excellent 1951 handbill announces an increase in freight rates in April 1951 and passenger rates in May 1951, the latter of about 20%. Condition: Used, Condition: items are used and may show signs of damage commensurate with normal usage. The photo is an important part of the description, Sub-Type: IOMSPCo, Modified Item: No, Country/Region of Manufacture: United Kingdom, Nautical Type: Merchant Navy, Item Type: ephemera, Type: Irish Sea Ferries

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