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SS Douglas (1864)

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Name  Douglas
Operator  1864–1888 IOMSPCo.
Cost  £24,869
Launched  11 May 1864
Depth  4.27 m
Builder  Caird & Company
Owner  1864–1888 IOMSPCo.
Port of registry  Douglas, Isle of Man
Out of service  1888
Length  69 m
Beam  7.92 m
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SS (RMS) Douglas (II) No. 45470 – the second vessel in the Line's history to be so-named – was an iron built paddle steamer operated by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company.


Douglas was the second of three ships ordered for the Company from the yards of Caird & Co. of Greenock, and was launched on 11 May 1864.


Built at Greenock, Douglas cost £24,869. She had a registered tonnage of 709 GRT; length 227′; beam 26′; depth 14′.

Douglas had a service speed of 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph), with an indicated horse power listed as 1400, and a boiler pressure of 25 pounds per square inch (170 kPa). She had one funnel forward and one aft of the paddle boxes, with the main mast close to the after funnel.

Service life

Douglas and her two sisters Snaefell and Tynwald, were all considered to be fast vessels. Indeed, Snaefell is documented as being able to perform the run from Douglas to Liverpool in 4hrs 20 minutes, which would suggest a speed of slightly in excess of 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph).

Douglas was considered a successful ship, and was reboilered in 1869 at a cost of £4,000.


After an uneventful career with the Company, Douglas, along with her sister Tynwald, were disposed of by auction in 1888. The two ships together realised the sum of £24,622.


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