SS Tynwald (1866)

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Tynwald leaving her home port, Douglas.
Name: Tynwald.
Owner: 1866-1888: Isle of Man Steam Packet Company
Operator: 1866-1888: Isle of Man Steam Packet Company
Port of registry: Isle of Man Douglas, Isle of Man
Builder: Caird & Co., Greenock.
Cost: £26,000 (equivalent to £2,365,906 in 2018).[1]
Way number: 45474
Launched: 17 March 1866
Completed: 1866
Maiden voyage: Not recorded.
Out of service: 1888
Fate: Disposed of 1888.
Status: Scrapped
General characteristics
Type: Paddle Steamer
Tonnage: 696 gross register tons (GRT)
Length: 240 ft 0 in (73.2 m)
Beam: 26 ft 0 in (7.9 m)
Depth: 14 ft 0 in (4.3 m)
Ice class: N/A
Installed power: Not recorded.
Propulsion: Two-cylinder oscillating engines working at 25 pounds per square inch (170 kPa), producing an indicated horsepower of approximately 1,300 shp (970 kW)
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)[3]

SS (RMS) Tynwald (II), No. 45474, was an iron paddle-steamer which served with the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, and was the second vessel in the Company to bear the name.

She was the third of three sisters to come from the Greenock yards of Caird & Co., her two older siblings being Snaefell and Douglas.


Tynwald had a registered tonnage of 696 GRT. Length 240'; beam 26'; depth 14'. Tynwald had an operating speed of 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)[4] and her engines developed 1,300 shp (970 kW).

Tynwald arriving at Llandudno, 19th July, 1887.

Service life.[edit]

Built by Caird & Co of Greenock, and launched on Saturday 17 March 1866,[5] Tynwald cost the Company £26,000 (equivalent to £2,365,906 in 2018).[1] Both funnels were situated aft of the paddle boxes, with the main mast close to the after funnel.

Tynwald and her sisters were considered fast vessels. Indeed, her older sister Snaefell, is recorded as having made the passage from Douglas to Liverpool in 4hrs 20 minutes, which would suggest a speed in excess of 15 knots.[6]

In 1882 Tynwald had a thorough overhaul. She was fitted with new boilers, surface condenser and new decks, which with repairs to the engines cost £11,219 (equivalent to £1,109,905 in 2018).[1]

Tynwald was designed to carry a mixture of passengers and cargo. Her designation as a Royal Mail Ship (RMS) indicated that she carried mail under contract with the Royal Mail. A specified area was allocated for the storage of letters, parcels and specie (bullion, coins and other valuables). In addition, there was a considerable quantity of regular cargo, ranging from furniture to foodstuffs.


After an uneventful career, Tynwald was disposed of in 1888.

Both Tynwald and her older sister Douglas were sold at auction, and raised the combined sum of £26,644 (equivalent to £2,915,307 in 2018).[1]

Tynwald (left) & Douglas (right) pictured in Douglas Bay

Official number and code letters[edit]

Official numbers are issued by individual flag states. They should not be confused with IMO ship identification numbers. Tynwald had the UK Official Number 45474 and used the Code Letters H R T J ICS Hotel.svgICS Romeo.svgICS Tango.svgICS Juliet.svg.


  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
  3. ^ Ships of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company (Fred Henry, 1973) p.64
  4. ^ Ships of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company (Fred Henry, 1973) p.64
  5. ^ Ships of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company (Fred Henry, 1973) p.64
  6. ^ Ships of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company (Fred Henry, 1973) p.64
  • Chappell, Connery (1980). Island Lifeline T.Stephenson & Sons Ltd ISBN 0-901314-20-X