"The Sea is the beginning and end of all things"
So said the late Sir Anthony Quayle who narrated the film The Story of Mann at the Manx Museum in the Isle of Man.
The Isle of Mans lifeblood has been the sea, from its earliest inhabitants who hunted in primitive dugouts around its shores, through to the Vikings who plundered its coasts and eventually settled.
The Isle of Man has a wealth of tales to tell about its maritime heritage.
There is the Bounty story with Manx links to Captain Bligh, Fletcher Christian and Peter Heywood and then there is Captain Quilliam who in the thick of battle, helped steer H.M.S. Victory at Trafalgar. The Islands shipbuilders built hardy fishing vessels and large sailing ships for immigration to the New World, such as the Star of India which is still preserved to this day.
Manx naval officer William Kennish who, amongst many things, invented a device to enable the accurate training of guns on naval ships, advised the Royal Navy to paint warships grey and also helped design the Panama Canal.
One of the Islands most famous residents however, was Sir William Hillary, Founder of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, who built the famous Tower of Refuge in Douglas Bay and who is buried in St Georges Church in the Islands capital, Douglas.
During both World Wars many Manxmen and women gave their lives serving in the Royal Navy and Merchant Service.
In the Second World War, the Isle of Man was a vast training camp with all branches of services including H.M.S. ST George Naval Training and HMS Urley Fleet Air Arm stationed here.
In 2015, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company celebrates its 185th anniversary as the worlds oldest
passenger shipping company and there are a number of events planned to celebrate this remarkable
Sea Isle of Man will help to promote the Isle of Mans links, both past and present, by helping to promote a number of events and attractions with a maritime conection, ranging from World Tin Bath Races to Tall Ships, exhibitions and concerts. The Islands award winning museums will depict its unique maritime history at the Manx Museum in Douglas,
The House of Mannanan in Peel and the Nautical Museum in Castletown.
The Isle of Man Post Office and The Isle of Man
Treasury will also be issuing commemorative stamps and coins with a maritime theme. For further information and a regular update on Sea Isle of Man events, please visit www.seaisleofman.com
The Isle of Man is situated in the middle of the Irish Sea, some 72 nautical miles from Liverpool, 59 from Heysham and some 83 nautical miles from Dublin and 78 from Belfast.
The Island has some 227 square miles of the most stunning scenery around with a rugged coastline and deep valleys,16 National Glens to explore, spectacular mountainous scenery and long sandy beaches.
The Isle of Man is easily accessible by sea and air.
The Jewel of The Irish Sea
Sugar loaf rock & cave system
The Isle of Man is well known for some of the best diving in the British Isles.
Scenic: The Burroo, Chicken Rock, Sound Drift, Spanish Head.
Wrecks: Citrine, Clan MacMaster, Thracian, Liverpool and many more.
Basking shark, dolphin, seal or bird watching trips also beautiful coastal walks.
Local Stores between Port St Mary & Port Erin
- Bakery, Co-op, Post Office/Barclays Bank, Chemist, Newsagent, Butcher, Hairdressers, Hardware Store, DIY Store, Large Supermarket and Garage.
- All of these facilities within 5 minutes’ walking distance Tourist Information
- Available from the Port Erin commissioner’s office and Port St Mary Town Hall.
- There are several Restaurants and Pubs; also there are Fish and Chip shops and Chinese takeaways in both villages.
- Bus services every half hour in summer and every hour during in winter. The Island also has a unique steam engine railway, which will take you as far as our capital, Douglas
- The Cherry Orchard Hotel in Port Erin has a gym, swimming pool and Jacuzzi. It also has an excellent restaurant
Places to Visit & Events
- Manx National Week; a celebration of Manx Independence and our unique culture. The main event is an open-air reading of the Islands laws in both Manx and English on Tynwald Hill, St. Johns.
- The world famous TT Races and the Southern Hundred; including events for vintage bikes.
- International cycling tours and car rallies.
- See the Island by steam train, go to the top of Snaefell by electric tram or experience a ride on the horse drawn trams along Douglas Promenade.
- Nine extensive, well-planned golf courses.
- An impressive variety of Museums and historical sites.
- The Calf of Man, a small Island off the southern coast, is a nature reserve and bird sanctuary where it is possible to see the rare native breed of Loaghtan Sheep, as well as Seals and Basking Sharks in the summer months.
- Sample local specialities including famous Manx Kippers, Queenies (a small scallop), and locally produced cheeses, spirits and beers.
- The Lady Isabella or Laxey Wheel is the largest working water wheel in the world, which was used to pump water from the Laxey Mines.
- The Annual Air Show, including a display from the Red Arrows, is held at Jurby airfield in the North of the Island.
- Lifeboat Station Open Days; go onboard the Lifeboat for a look around.
- At just 33 miles long by 13 miles wide the Island offers beautiful scenic walks for all abilities. There are many glens and coastal trails including Raad ny Foillan (Road of the Gull - approx 90 miles) and Bayr ny Skeddan (the Herring Road - approx 14 miles).
For a weekend break or a weeks holiday please contact Isle Of Man Diving HolidaysWebsite: www.isleofmandivingholidays.com
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