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Port of Workington
Port of Silloth "Vita" 30th April "Zapadnyy" 1st May
On the evening of August 30th 1982 after the "Manxman" had departed from Douglas on her return voyage back to Workington, a force 8 gale had developed in the Irish Sea during the day and by the time she had arrived back at Workington it was deemed unsafe to attempt to dock so the 1000+ passengers on board had to spend a night on the storm tossed Solway Firth! (I'm pleased to report I had given that particular trip a miss!) This was to be the Manxman's last visit as a few days later she was decommissioned out of the Steam Packets service and was laid up in Birkenhead to wait for a new owner.
Manxman departing, it was not unusual to see the steamers leaving stern first at a similar speed and turning when clear of the entrance channel.
Pictured below is "JEANETTE" docking at Workington carrying a cargo of pipeline for a United Utilities project to transfer water from Thirlmere reservoir in the Lake District to West Cumbria, this is the seventh shipment from Spain. Eventually 60 miles of new pipeline will be laid at a cost of £300 million. The Environment Agency is to withdraw the companies licence to abstract water from Ennerdale Water, which it uses at present, in 2022 to prevent harming protected species.