The Great War at Sea

U-boat Alley

With the German blockade of Britain, the Irish Sea became one of the most dangerous waterways in the world. While U-boats roamed the area,  life became more perilous for the Manx.

The Steam Packet at War

In 1914 the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company owned 15 vessels. Eleven of these were requisitioned by the government for use in the war; four would be lost.

Life at Sea

“Braving the perils of the wind and waves as well as enemy action, theirs was an often unglamorous war, though it was by no means without hazard”

Matthew Richardson, This Terrible Ordeal: Manx Diaries, Letters and Memories of the Great War

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