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Steam Packet to celebrate its 190th birthday

Bunting and ships' whistles to mark the occasion

The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company will officially mark its 190th anniversary on Tuesday next week.

It's the world’s oldest continually-operating passenger shipping company and has served the Island since 30 June 1830.

The Steam Packet started with a wooden paddle steamer known as Mona's Isle, built at a cost of £7,052, which was launched from Glasgow after being built on the River Clyde.

After arriving in Douglas, her maiden passenger crossing from the Isle of Man took place in mid-August that year.
To celebrate the milestone the Packet's fleet, decked in bunting, will sound its whistles in Douglas Harbour at 6pm on Tuesday evening (30 June).

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