SS Snaefell (1948)
Snaefell pictured departing Douglas, Isle of Man
|Port of registry:||Douglas, Isle of Man|
|Launched:||11 March 1948|
|Maiden voyage:||24 July 1948|
|In service:||July 1948|
|Out of service:||August 1978|
|Fate:||Acquired by the Rochadale Metal Recovery Company, and scrapped at Blyth, 1978.|
|Tonnage:||2,489 gross register tons (GRT)|
|Propulsion:||Steam turbine driven screw-propellers|
|Speed:||21.5 knots (24.7 mph)|
TSS Snaefell V - the fifth ship in the Company's history to bear the name - was a passenger vessel operated by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company from 1948 to 1978. Her purchase cost was £504,448.
She was built at Cammell Laird, as the fourth of six ships - the six sisters - delivered by the company between 1946 and 1955 at a cost of £504,448 (equivalent to £16,542,633 as of 2015),. Snaefell was launched by Mrs J. R. Quayle on Thursday, 11 March 1948. Upon her completion she underwent her sea trials on 19 & 20 July of that year, and made her maiden voyage from Liverpool to Douglas on 24 July.
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.
- Ships of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company (Fred Henry) p.66
- Shipping world & shipbuilder: Volume 165. 1972
- UK CPI inflation numbers based on data available from Gregory Clark (2016), "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)" MeasuringWorth.