Lady of Mann

Standard Board of Trade, Ship’s Lifeboat from the 1930 Isle of Man Steam Packet ship, RMS Lady of Mann (No 8 of 10)

BOAT NAME: Lady of Mann

BOAT TYPE: Lifeboat

BOAT LENGTH: 27ft 6ins

BOAT BEAM: 8ft 5ins 

BOAT DRAFT: 2ft 6ins

BOAT DISPLACEMENT: Dry weight 4.9Tons

BOAT CONSTRUCTION:  Clinker – Mahogany Planking on Oak Frames (Iroko Cabin - 2017) 

BOAT BUILDER: Vickers-Armstrong, Barrow-in-Furness




 LOM was fortunate enough to fall into the hands of the Cain Family  in 2009,  classic boat enthusiasts connected by a strong family legacy to the Isle of Man, she found her perfect owners. in 2014 after several years of trying to  restore LOM  themmselves , she founded and the decision was made to hire our services to take on a full restoration instructing us to redesign the cabin and to try and replicate the 1930s pomp of the Lady of Mann mother ship

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The story behind Lady of Mann's  reinvention , the design , inspiration and build processes in picture.

From her glory days as a lifeabout alongside her mother ship , her history through to her  at her most vunerable and then back to the glorious little ship she is now   




In the words of her owner 

"The Lady of Mann foundered at her mooring in Old Windsor during the great floods of February 2014. Due to her heritage there was never any question of salvaging her and my father and I embarked upon our own amateur restoration programme.  After two years of hard toil but very little reward we reached the stark realisation that expert help was required, and she was taken to Dennetts. It quickly became apparent that although the original hull was still sound, the cabin constructed of marine ply in 1972 was not salvageable and a complete rebuild was required. Rather than a setback, this presented a unique opportunity to create something a little bit special.   The mothership, RMS Lady of Mann, was famed for her elegant, stately appearance and luxurious interiors. Along with her sister ships, she was often referred to as the finest 'short-sea tonnage' in the world. If the rebuild could in some small way pay homage to this, we would be extremely happy.  

Under the expert eye and flair for design of Stephen Dennett, the boatyard delivered spectacularly.  What emerged was beyond our wildest expectations.  Her curved, beautifully finished iroko cabin and cathedral roof perfectly capture the style of those very handsome 'Baby Liners' of that 1930s Manx fleet.  As well as her own history the little lifeboat  has an important role: She  is the only  floating representation remaining of any of the Isle of Man Steam Packet ships that were present at Dunkirk during the evacuation. There were 8 ships collectively rescuing  24,699 Allied troops – one in fourteen of those evacuated from Dunkirk. Three ships and many crew were sadly lost. Following the lifeboat's restoration, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company have been very generous in their recognition, support and praise. 

I cannot thank Stephen and the team enough for their work transforming the little lifeboat. They totally understood what we were trying to achieve. They struck the perfect balance between pandering to a customer’s very emotionally charged requirements and gentle professional guidance! Ultimately, you have transformed not only the lifeboat but a significant part of our lives too.  


Finally  the former 2nd officer of the RMS Lady of Mann in the later stages of her career, Ken Crellin writes, 'To see this little lifeboat beautifully restored as she has been , brings a tear to my eye  - we are eternally grateful to you for keeping such an important piece of our Island's history alive and in such wonderful care.'  There can be no higher accolade. "

Matt Cain- Owner Lady of Mann