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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

BOAT YEAR: 1930

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PRESERVATION 

 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. 

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RESTORING HERITAGE

in 2014 after several years of trying to  restore LOM  themselves , 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

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

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History

LADY OF MANN: 

LIFE BOAT 8

1930's STEAM PACKET SHIP

Established in 1830 the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company is the world’s oldest passenger shipping line still in operation.
The involvement of the company’s men and its ships during the Dunkirk evacuation is a source of huge pride to the Manx people. Eight company ships – including the Lady of Mann – took part in the mission and between them rescued 24,699 British troops – one in 13 of those evacuated from Dunkirk.

The 27-foot Lady of Mann was lifeboat No 8 on the Isle of Man Steam Packet ship of the same name. Her mother ship was broken up in 1971 on the Clyde, lifeboat No 8 was saved and converted into a fishing boat/cabin cruiser. 

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Restoration

LOM IN THE MAKING 

2015  I  2016

Lady of Mann spent a year in our yard under restoration. Though the original hull was still sound, the marine ply cabin (built-in 1972) needed a complete rebuild, we were instructed by the Cain family to come up with a design that was sympathetic with her history and 'to try and replicate the 1930s pomp of the Lady of Mann mother ship'.

Taking direct inspiration from the beautiful lines which formed RMS Lady of Mann cabins, the unique cabin on top of LOM started to take shape. 

Restored 

LIFEBOAT 8 :

LADY OF MANN

2016 I PRESENT DAY 

We could not be happier with the results of LOM restoration, she is a testament to her Mother ship and we could not be prouder that we have had the opportunity to restore the only floating survivor of the Isle of Mann Packet fleet which so courageously saved so many thousands of lives during the war, her transformation from lifeboat to family boat means this craft lives on whilst her soul remains intact. 

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