SS Snaefell (1948)

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Sneafell pictured leaving Douglas.
Snaefell departing Douglas
Name: Snaefell
Namesake: Snaefell
Owner: 1948–1978: IOMSPCo.
Operator: 1948–1978: IOMSPCo
Port of registry: Douglas, Isle of Man
Builder: Cammell Laird
Cost: £504,448 (£15,531,161 in 2014).[1]
Yard number: 1192
Launched: 11 March 1948
Maiden voyage: 24 July 1948
In service: July 1948
Out of service: August 1978
Identification: IMO number: 165287[2]
Code Letters M A V K
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Fate: Acquired by the Rochadale Metal Recovery Company, and scrapped at Blyth, 1978
General characteristics
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)
Ice class: N/A
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)
Capacity: 2393 passengers
Crew: 68

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.[4]


Snaefell had a registered tonnage of 2489 GRT, but otherwise her dimensions, speed, horsepower and crew accommodation were similar to her three predecessors; Tynwald, Mona's Queen and King Orry.


Snaefell is launched at Birkenhead March 11th, 1948.

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).[1] 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.

Service life[edit]

Snaefell and her younger sister Mona's Isle were the last ships on the Company's Heysham - Douglas service when it closed towards the end of August 1974.

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.


Snaefell made her final sailing from Douglas on August Bank Holiday Monday, 1977, and was then laid up in Bidston Dock, Birkenhead.

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.


RMS Snaefell.
Snaefell pictured berthed at the King Edward VIII Pier, Douglas
Snaefell in Steam Packet service. 


  1. ^ a b UK CPI inflation numbers based on data available from Gregory Clark (2013), "What Were the British Earnings and Prices Then? (New Series)" MeasuringWorth.
  2. ^ "IMO 165287". Shipspotting. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Ships of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company (Fred Henry) p.66
  4. ^ Shipping world & shipbuilder: Volume 165. 1972