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Mona's Queen anchor finally on Manx soil

31st October, 2011

Manx Independent Carriers are proud to announce the arrival on Manx soil of the anchor of the ill fated vessel Mona's Queen.

The Steam Packet Company ship Mona's Queen was sunk by the Germans during the evacuation of Dunkirk, in May 1940.

In the summer of 2010, the vessel's anchor was raised from the seabed off Dunkirk on the 70th Anniversary of 'Operation Dynamo'.

Requisitioned ships of the Steam Packet Company were responsible for rescuing more than 24,000 men from the British Expeditionary Force, sadly during the operation, 3 Manx vessels were lost within the space of 24 hours, the Mona's Queen being one of them along with 24 of her crew.

Kallow Point at Port St Mary has been chosen as the final resting place for the Mona's Queen's anchor where it will become a memorial to all those seamen who lost their lives on that fateful day and indeed throughout WWII.

Former Chief Executive of the Steam Packet Company Captain Hamish Ross took up the initiative to raise the anchor after the death of the project's champion, Captain Andrew Douglas.

Manx Independent Carriers arranged transport of the anchor from Dunkirk to Cammell Lairds Shipyard at Birkenhead where the Mona's Queen was built and where the anchor was treated to preserve it. The anchor was then collected by us and shipped to the Isle of Man on board the Steam Packet vessel Ben My Chree to arrive in Douglas on Monday 31st November to be greeted by a reception party which included the Lieutenant Governor Adam Wood, Captains Hamish Ross and Jack Ronan and various other dignitaries.

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