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Monas Isle beached
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No: 397   Contributor: Marcel Gommers   Year: 1950   Manufacturer: Cammell Laird, United Kingdom   Country: United Kingdom
Monas Isle beached

The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company passenger liner Mona's Isle beached. I have not been able to find out many more details on the vessel and the how and when she was beached.
Picture added on 11 November 2006
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I do have a recollection of an IOM ferry being beached in the river Mersey in the late 1960's, could this have been it?

Added by Tony McDonnell on 12 July 2007.
photo 1950? think not as Monas Isle only went into service in 1951. Final voyage 1980.
Photos are of her when she ran aground in 1955 after a collision with another vessel off Fleetwood.

Added by Mr.P.R.Handley on 02 August 2007.
A friend of mine did his national service with the RAF in the Isle of Man. He recalls a crossing when the boat he was on ended up beached at Llandudno. Llandudno was a fairly regular summer port for IoMSPCo.

Added by Michael Held on 29 December 2013.
According to Wikipedia, referring to TSS 'Mona's Isle V', which served from 1951 to 1980:
"On 8 June 1955, she went aground off Fleetwood after a collision with the Ludo, a small fishing vessel. One man was lost from the Ludo which was cut in half and sank almost immediately.
On 15 February 1964, she went aground at Peel and severely damaged her stern resulting in her having to be towed to Birkenhead for repairs."

Added by Peter Langsdale on 30 December 2013.
Sister ship King Orry beached herself near New Brighton in the Mersey.

Added by Pete Melling on 18 January 2014.
The man lost in the 1955 ludo tragedy was my uncle Francis Stewart of fleetwood. His brother, Patrick had been lost in the war( his ship was mined in the Humber) and his other brother, Martin was killed in his first professional boxing match in blackpool.

Added by David Stewart on 04 June 2014.
At 2.45am 8 June 1955 as the Isle of Man steamer Mona’s Isle was making her way up the Wyre channel at Fleetwood to make her way to Douglas Isle of Man she collided with a small fishing boat named Ludo with 3 crew members on board, Ludo sank almost immediately plunging the crew in to the water. The Mona’s Isle’s crew began to search for the 3 missing men but then ran aground 100 yards to the west of the Lifeboat house. RNLB Ann Letitia Russell was launched at 3.30am under the command of Coxswain Albert Wright to land 153 people from the Mona’s Isle, Coxswain Albert Wright and the Lifeboat and her crew managed to do this in 2 trips, 2 of the crew from the Ludo managed to swim ashore the Lifeboat searched for the Skipper Francis Stewart but he was not found, RNLB Ann Letitia Russell returned to the Lifeboat House at 5.45am.

Added by Rob Baines on 12 July 2016.
The Letitia Russell website says that Francis Stewart was found and taken to fleetwood hospital, where he died. Can anybody resolve this? Was he found or not?

Added by David Stewart on 18 September 2017.
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