SS Snaefell (1876)

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Snaefell at the Coffee Palace berth, Douglas, Isle of Man
Name: Snaefell
Owner: 1876–1904: IOMSPCo.
Operator: 1876–1904: IOMSPCo.
Port of registry: Isle of Man Douglas, Isle of Man
Builder: Caird & Co. Greenock
Cost: £28,250 (equivalent to £2,610,254 in 2018).[1]
Way number: 67289
Launched: 27 April 1876
Completed: 1876
In service: 1876
Out of service: 1904
Fate: Disposed of 1904
Status: Scrapped
General characteristics
Type: Paddle Steamer
Tonnage: 849 gross register tons (GRT)
Length: 251 ft 3 in (76.6 m)
Beam: 29 ft 3 in (8.9 m)
Depth: 14 ft 1 in (4.3 m)
Installed power: 1,700 shp (1,300 kW)
Propulsion: Two oscillating diagonally opposed engines, developing 1,700 shp (1,300 kW)
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)

SS (RMS) Snaefell (II) No. 67289 – the second vessel in the line's history to be so named – was an iron paddle steamer which was owned and operated by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company.

Construction & dimensions[edit]

Snaefell was built at the yards of Cairn & Co., Glasgow, in 1876. Her builders also supplied her engines and boilers and she was launched on Thursday 27 April 1876.

Her purchase cost was £28,250; she had a registered tonnage of 849 GRT; length 251'3"; beam 29'3"; depth 14'1". Snaefell's engines developed 1,700 shp (1,300 kW) and gave her a service speed of 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph).

In 1885, Snaefell received new boilers at a cost of £8,512 (equivalent to £903,111 in 2018).[1] They were produced by Fawcett, Preston & Company of Liverpool and installed by Jones & Sons Ltd.

In 1895, she was fitted with electric lighting. The cost of the installation was £425 (equivalent to £48,220 in 2018).[1]

Service life[edit]

Snaefell pictured departing Ramsey, with troops embarked.

A smaller vessel then her immediate predecessors, but judged successful none-the-less, Snaefell served the many ports to which the Company then operated.

In April 1881, she was involved in a collision with the Osprey off Douglas Head.

In August 1892, she was making passage to Ardrossan from Douglas in hazy weather, when she collided with the Norwegian vessel Kaleb. Both ships were damaged, but the Snaefell was able to continue to the yards of Fairfield & Co. under her own steam for repairs. The subsequent repairs cost £1,298 (equivalent to £138,650 in 2018).[1] A legal wrangle then ensued, and finally the High Court in Edinburgh held that both ships were to blame.

The Royal Netherlands Steamship Company, who had bought Snaefell (I) and had successfully operated her for 13 years, sometimes chartered Snaefell (II).


After 38 years successful service to the line, Snaefell was disposed of in 1904.


  1. ^ a b c d UK Retail Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Clark, Gregory (2017). "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  2. ^ Ships of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company (Fred Henry) p.66
  • Chappell, Connery (1980). Island Lifeline T.Stephenson & Sons Ltd ISBN 0-901314-20-X