SS Snaefell (1948)
Snaefell departing Douglas
|Port of registry:||Douglas, Isle of Man|
|Cost:||£504,448 (£15,531,161 in 2014).|
|Launched:||11 March 1948|
|Maiden voyage:||24 July 1948|
|In service:||July 1948|
|Out of service:||August 1978|
|Identification:||IMO number: 165287
Code Letters M A V K
|Fate:||Acquired by the Rochadale Metal Recovery Company, and scrapped at Blyth, 1978|
|Type:||King Orry Class Passenger Steamer.|
|Tonnage:||2,489 gross register tons (GRT)|
|Length:||345 feet (105 m)|
|Beam:||47 feet (14 m)|
|Depth:||18 feet (5.5 m)|
|Installed power:||8,500 shp (6,300 kW)|
|Propulsion:||Twin Parsons single reduction turbines; developing 8,500 shp (6,300 kW)|
|Speed:||21.5 knots (39.8 km/h)|
TSS (RMS) Snaefell V was a passenger vessel operated by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company from 1948 to 1978, the fifth ship in the Company's history to bear the name. Her purchase cost was £504,448.
She was built at Cammell Laird, the fourth of the six sisters delivered by the company between 1946 and 1955, at a cost of £504,448 (£15,531,161 in 2014). Snaefell was launched by Mrs J. R. Quayle on Thursday, 11 March 1948. Upon completion she underwent sea trials on 19 & 20 July of that year, and made her maiden voyage from Liverpool to Douglas on 24 July.
Apart from an accident when she fouled her anchor off Llandudno in July 1976 and consequently missed a sailing, Snaefell enjoyed an efficient and uneventful career. However, the predominance built up by the Steam Packet's car ferries in the 1970s, made it sensible to withdraw another traditionally designed ship.
Following her withdrawal from service, she was sold to the Rochdale Metal Recovery Co. for scrap in 1978, and in November of that year, she was taken under tow to Blyth for breaking up.
- UK CPI inflation numbers based on data available from Gregory Clark (2013), "What Were the British Earnings and Prices Then? (New Series)" MeasuringWorth.
- "IMO 165287". Shipspotting. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
- Ships of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company (Fred Henry) p.66
- Shipping world & shipbuilder: Volume 165. 1972