Monas Queen anchor memorial decided on.
23rd January, 2012
Port St Mary Commissioners have decided that the anchor from the Steam Packet vessel Mona’s Queen should go at the very point of the headland known as Kallow Point where it will become a fitting and poignant memorial to all the Isle of Man crew members lost during the Second World War.
The Mona’s Queen, one of eight Company vessels requisitioned by the Admiralty, was involved in rescuing British and French troops from the Dunkirk beaches in 1940. Monas Queen and two other Steam Packet vessels were lost on that day.
The anchor was raised from the seabed on the 70th anniversary of the event in May 1940 at Dunkirk. Manx Independent Carriers transported the anchor from the Naval dockyard at Dunkirk back to Cammell Lairds shipyard in Birkenhead for restoration the same yard where Moan's Queen was originally built in April 1934. We completed the anchors final homeward journey to the island last December when it was welcomed ashore by a reception party which included the Lieutenant Governor Adam Wood, Captains Hamish Ross and Jack Ronan and various other dignitaries.