I imagine that that was the noise that the Steam Packet Company catamaran ferry "Manannan" made when she hit the Victoria quay in Douglas last night. It was the 7.30pm ferry from Liverpool. When she clouted the immobile concrete wall, several standing passengers aboard tumbled over and later five of them had to be transported to hospital with minor injuries. The ship itself had some full frontal damage and it remains unclear whether or not this can be fixed on the island. She may have to go into dry dock in Liverpool.
There is no truth in the unpleasant rumour that "Manannan" was being skippered by a certain Captain Adrian Ward of blogging fame. Nor is it true that he was three sheets to the wind following an onboard drinking competition involving half a dozen bottles of Lambs Navy Rum and a women's hockey team from Warrington.
Anyway, I digress. To cut a long story short "Manannan" is now out of action and the only way we can get off the island is on the ferry that operates between Douglas and Heysham. It is called the "Ben-My-Chree". We were meant to be leaving at 3pm this afternoon but we cannot get on the "Ben-My-Chree" till Saturday morning!
We are marooned. Will we ever see home again? I have thrown dozens of plastic bottles into the Irish Sea each containing identical S.O.S. messages. Fortunately, the owners of our holiday apartment are happy to let us stay two more nights. The holidaymakers who were meant to follow after us were also booked to come across on the "Manannan".
|Ship's underside after last night's collision|