SS Tynwald (1947)

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Name: Tynwald
Owner: 1947–1974: IOMSPCo.
Operator: 1947–1974: IOMSPCo.
Port of registry: Douglas, Isle of Man.
Builder: Cammell Laird
Cost: £461,859 (equivalent to £17,749,790 in 2018).[1]
Yard number: 1184
Way number: 165284
Launched: 24 July 1947
Maiden voyage: 31 July 1947
Out of service: August 1974
Identification:IMO number165284[2]
Fate: Scrapped at Avtles, Spain, 1975
General characteristics
Type: King Orry Class Passenger Steamer.
Tonnage: 2,490 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 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)
Capacity: 2393 passengers
Crew: 68

TSS (RMS) Tynwald (V), No. 165248, was a passenger vessel operated by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company from 1947 to 1974, and was the fifth vessel in the history of the line to bear the name.[3]


Tynwald was built by Cammell Laird at Birkenhead in 1947, at a cost of £461,859 (equivalent to £17,749,790 in 2018).[1]

The third of the six sisters, Tynwald was virtually identical to her two predecessors King Orry and Mona's Queen except for her tonnage, which was 2490.[4] Her dimensions, speed and horsepower, also crew accommodation, matched the Snaefell and Mona's Isle.


There was one accident in her history when she sank the barge Elanor in the Mersey on 25 February 1952.

Service life and disposal[edit]

She was popular and considered to have done a very sound job for the Company, and she continued to give service until 1974 when she was withdrawn from the fleet in August. By this time, the newer car ferries in the company were taking the bulk of the passenger traffic, and therefore it was viable to reduce the number of passenger vessels from eight to seven.

Tynwald was sold to John Cashmore of Newport, Mons. for £57,000 (equivalent to £469,645 in 2018),[1] and resold to Spanish breakers who demolished her at Avtles in February 1975.

Her ship's whistle was retained by the Company, and to the delight of lovers of Manx ships, was fitted to the car ferry Ben-my-Chree during her winter overhaul in 1978.


  1. ^ a b c 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. ^ "IMO 165284". Shipspotting. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  3. ^ Shipping world & shipbuilder: Volume 165. 1972
  4. ^ "Tynwald (5)". Ian Boyle/Simplon Postcards. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
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