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Ben-my-Chree berthed at Douglas..JPG
Ben-my-Chree berthed at the Coffee Palace Berth, Douglas.
Name: Ben-my-Chree
Owner: 1875-1906: Isle of Man Steam Packet Company
Operator: 1875-1906: IoMSPCo.
Port of registry: Isle of Man
Builder: Barrow Shipbuilding Company, Barrow-in-Furness
Cost: £38,000 (£3,197,193 as of 2021).[1]
Way number: 67288
Launched: May 6th, 1875
Maiden voyage: 1875
Out of service: 1906
Identification: Official Number 67288
Code Letters P K F Q
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Fate: Scrapped at Morecambe, 1906
Status: Scrapped
General characteristics
Type: Packet Steamer
Tonnage: 1,020 increased after re-fit to 1,192 gross register tons (GRT)
Length: 310 ft 9 in (94.7 m)
Beam: 31 ft 9 in (9.7 m)
Depth: 13 ft 9 in (4.2 m)
Installed power: 2,300 shp (1,700 kW)
Propulsion: Paddle wheels
Speed: 14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph).
Crew: Not Recorded.

PS (RMS) Ben-my-Chree (II) No. 67288, 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.


Painting of Ben-my-Chree prior to her 1884 refit.

Ben-my-Chree had an original tonnage of 1030, but this was increased to 1192 after a refit.

Length 310 ft 9 in (94.7 m); beam 31 ft 9 in (9.7 m); depth 13 ft 9 in (4.2 m); speed 14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph); indicated horse power 2,300 shp (1,700 kW).

Ben-my-Chree was launched at Barrow-in-Furness on Sunday, May 6, 1875.

She was fitted with two oscillating two-cylinder engines of 65 inches diameter, with a 90 inch stroke.

Service life[]

Ben-my-Chree berthed at the Victoria Pier, Douglas.

Built by the Barrow Shipbuilding Company, Barrow-in-Furness in 1875, Ben-my-Chree was the largest ship built for the Company to that date.

Originally designed with a service speed of 14 knots, it was subsequently found that Ben-my-Chree operated two knots below this speed, despite modifications to her boilers.

Reboilered in 1884, she was altered to carry four funnels, in pairs fore and aft of the paddle-boxes. This made her the only four funnelled vessel in the history of the line.


After an uneventful career of 31 years, Ben-my-Chree was sold for scrap and broken up by T. W. Ward and Company at Morecambe, in 1906.


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  1. UK CPI inflation numbers based on data available from Gregory Clark (2013), "What Were the British Earnings and Prices Then? (New Series)" MeasuringWorth.
  2. Ships of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company (Fred Henry) p.66

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