SS Peveril (1929)

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Peveril making passage from Liverpool to Douglas.
Name: Peveril
Owner: 1929–1964: Isle of Man Steam Packet Company
Operator: 1929–1964: Isle of Man Steam Packet Co.
Port of registry: Douglas, Isle of Man
Builder: Cammell Laird
Cost: £42,600
Way number: 145306
Completed: 1929
In service: 1929
Out of service: 1964
Fate: 1964: Scrapped
Status: Scrapped
General characteristics
Type: Cargo Vessel
Tonnage: 798 gross register tons (GRT)
Length: 205 ft 0 in (62.5 m)
Beam: 34 ft 6 in (10.5 m)
Depth: 16 ft 0 in (4.9 m)
Installed power: One triple-expansion directly coupled engine which produced 200 pounds p.s.i., 1,250 shp (930 kW)
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h)
  • 12 passengers.
  • Cargo capacity not recorded
Crew: 17

SS (RMS) Peveril (II) was a steel, single-screw cargo vessel, built by Cammell Laird at Birkenhead in 1929, and operated by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company until 1964.


Peveril – the second ship in the Company to be so named – was a steel, single-screw vessel, which had a registered tonnage of 798 GRT. Length 205 feet; beam 34 feet 6 inches; depth 16 feet. She was powered by one triple-expansion directly coupled engine which produced 200 p.s.i., developing 1,250 i.h.p. and gave her a speed of 12 knots. Peveril had accommodation for 12 passengers and a crew of 17.

Peveril is launched at Birkenhead. 25 April 1929.

Service life[edit]

Peveril was constructed at a cost of £42,600, and was the first cargo ship ordered directly by the Steam Packet, previous ones having been bought second hand. She traded mainly between Douglas, Ramsey and Liverpool.

On Monday 9 October 1961 Peveril's Master Capt. Alex Clucas was found dead on board the vessel whilst she was loading cargo in the Coburg Dock, Liverpool, having arrived from Douglas the previous day.[1] Capt. Clucas was 56 years of age, and was found by a member of his crew lying in his cabin in an unconscious state.[2] He was taken to hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival. Capt. Clucas' brother, Capt. Robert Clucas, was at that time Master of the Manxman.[3]


With the arrival of her successor, MV Peveril, she became redundant. She had her name changed to Peveril II in October 1963 for the last few months of her life, to release her original name for the new cargo vessel. Peveril II was sold to the Belton Shipping and Trading Company of London, and was broken up at Glasson Dock, Lancaster, in May 1964.

Peveril is positioned to the fitting out basin at Cammell Laird following her launch 
A scene at the inner harbour, Douglas. Connister can be seen in the foreground at the Coffee Palace Berth, with Peveril in the background at the Office Berth 


  1. ^ Ramsey Courier Friday, 13.10.1961
  2. ^ Ramsey Courier Friday, 13.10.1961
  3. ^ Ramsey Courier Friday, 13.10.1961


  • Chappell, Connery (1980). Island Lifeline T. Stephenson & Sons Ltd ISBN 0-901314-20-X