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Appeal to save iconic passenger ship

Cruise ship needs up £500,000 for repair bills

The owners of an historic coastal cruise ship which plies Manx waters during the summer, say her days could be numbered - unless funds are raised to meet repair bills.

Motor vessel Balmoral proved a big hit with Island residents and visitors this year, but up to £500,000 is needed for winter maintenance and dry docking.

The vessel, supported by enthusiasts, relies on a British Isles summer cruise schedule to meet running costs.

But bad weather and technical problems put paid to a number sailings this year, and now an SOS appeal has been launched. 

Balmoral supporter Dick Clague says if she has to be taken out of service, she'd be much missed.

To help save Balmoral you can visit www.mvbalmoral.org.uk

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