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Ellan Vannin tragedy remembered

A commemoration to remember the 35 people who lost their lives in the Ellan Vannin tragedy more than a century ago has been held in Ramsey.

The Steam Packet vessel set off from the northern port on December 3 1909, but sank in heavy storms off Liverpool.

Chief Minister Allan Bell laid a wreath at the quayside on behalf of the Manx people, and there were others in memory of crew and passengers.

The outdoor memorial was followed by a church service.

Local dignitaries, MHKs and a representative from the Steam Packet joined a throng of well-wishers and descendants of victims at last night's event.

Mr Bell said it was a fitting salute to a tragic episode in Manx history:

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