THE ISLE OF MAN STEAM PACKET COMPANY HISTORY
The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company is the oldest continually operating passenger shipping company in the world, having began operations in 1830.
THE ISLE OF MAN BEFORE THE STEAM PACKET COMPANY
Prior to 1830, there were other shipping companies serving the Isle of Man, before the Steam Packet Company was formed. The smuggling trade (causing considerable loss to the British Revenue) led to the Crown purchasing the Isle of Man from the Atholl family in 1765 and the Redcoats moved in. Two years after this, Westminster organized a weekly packet boat service between Douglas and Whitehaven, thereby providing a lifeline to the Garrison on the Isle of Man.
Address: Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, Imperial Buldings, Douglas,Isle of Man, IM12BY