We arrived at the sea terminal checked in and waited. SEACAT ISLE OF MAN pulled alongside 9 minutes later disembarking of the other passengers and we were on our way.
We left Liverpool at 10.30 sharpish under the command of Captain Albiston he first of all briefed us on the weather condition's in the Irish Sea which was a south westerly wind with sea condition's slight.
SEACAT ISLE OF MAN went full power off New Brighton but what did surprise me was that unlike usual of a new craft was that you could not hear the reports of the crew and captain. There must of been a fault with the pa system. Arrival in Douglas was 5 minutes early. We disembarked and went on land for a short stay of 2 hours.
We left Douglas harbour at 14.50 ten minutes before the scheduled sailing time. This time SEACAT ISLE OF MAN was under the command of Captain O'Toole .
There was hardly any one on board. One and a half hours into the journey the Ben-My- Chree was spotted on the horizon making it's approach to Douglas Bay. She was the middle vessel in the middle of two cargo ships
We arrived in the river mouth at 17:05 seeing SUPERSEACAT TWO going in front of us and also the NORSE MERSEY .
When SEACAT ISLE OF MAN arrived off the Landing Stage we were told there would be a delay due to the SUPERSEACAT being on the berth. We arrived at 17:40 when whilst SUPERSEACAT TWO was hovering in the river .
This was a great sailing by SEACAT ISLE OF MAN I hope it will not be my last due to Sea Container's leaving the port.
[Sea Containers has announced its intention to sell the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, and whilst Sea Containers may no longer have a presence on Merseyside or perhaps even the Irish Sea it is likely that SCIOM will continue to sail for the whoever the new owners of the company are. - JHL]