Autobiography, General Interest
UNDER THE MALTESE CROSS
A PERSONAL STORY OF THE RAMSEY STEAMSHIP COMPANY
BY PETER CORRIN
Founded principally by John Thomas Kee, a former foreign-going master mariner, the Ramsey Steamship Company was formed in 1913. Based in the Isle of Man, it had a long and illustrious history operating relatively small coastal vessels until its eventual, sad demise shortly after reaching its centenary in 2013. The name of all the ships owned by the company were prefixed with ‘Ben’, meaning girl, lady or woman in Manx Gaelic. Locally, they affectionately became known as the ‘Ben-boats’.
Drawing on a wealth of previously unpublished photographs, Peter Corrin gives a personal account of not only its history, but his unique involvement and association with this fine company. Throughout the 184 pages, tribute is paid to the many conscientious, dedicated, loyal and professional people, afloat and ashore, who served the company during a period of many changes in Manx shipping.
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