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Shipping disaster stamp tribute

Stamps (Pic: Manx Post Office)
The stamps honour those who lost their lives when the Ellan Vannin sank

The Isle of Man Post Office has issued a set of two stamps commemorating one of the worst shipping disasters in the island's history.

On 3 December 1909, the 339-tonne passenger and cargo Steam Packet vessel Ellan Vannin left Ramsey for Liverpool in worsening weather conditions.

As the vessel reached the mouth of the River Mersey, a 24ft (7.32m) wave broke her bow causing her to sink.

Fourteen passengers and 21 crew were lost in the tragedy.

Following the incident, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company said it would never use the name Ellan Vannin for any of its vessels.

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