Built in1936 by Lobnitz & Co., Renfrew, Scotland, MANNIN 2's original owners were the Isle of Man Harbour Commissioners. She was a self-propelled steam dredge with eight steam engines that drove every moving part of the vessel. As one of the last remaining working examples of an all-steam powered dredger, she attracted much attention. In 1982, BBC Northwest produced a documentary on the life of the MANNIN and TMSSPS. She peformed various dredging work, attended regattas and had open days to the public for viewings.
Later on, she was preserved afloat at The Boat Museum, Ellesmere Port but her condition gradually deteriorated and in 2004 she was moved a short distance up the Manchester Ship Canal to Runcorn where she subsequently sank at her berth and was later cut up on site.
Norman J Brouwer, International Register of Historic Ships (Edition 2, 1993, pp160) pub: Anthony Nelson
Steamboat Register: An illustrated Register of surviving steam vessels in the British Isles (May Edition 6, 1994) pub: Steam Boat Association of Great Britain
Ships Monthly (March, 1979)
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