Fate of the Manx Viking
6th March, 2013
Many will remember the Isle of Man's first Ro-Ro vessel, Manx Line's "Manx Viking". The Heysham to Douglas service was originally set up by TT Racer, Geoff Duke and John Edmundson of Edmundson Ronagency in 1979 and eventually was merged into the Sealink empire before coming under Sea Containers/Steam Packet ownership
The Manx Viking, originally built in Spain in 1976 and named Monet Castillo, was bought by Ontario Northland Transportation Co. in 1988 for $10 million. It became Nindawayma, Ojibway for Little Sister, after a renaming competition.
The 120-metre ferry transported passengers between Tobermory and Manitoulin Island in the Great Lakes for four years before being pulled from service because of declining ridership in 1992.
Purvis Marine purchased the ferry in 2007. The vessel was cut up for scrap and sold to Essar Steel Algoma over several years ending in 2012.