This is the story of Manx Line, a private shipping company which started the first roll-on/roll-off service between the Isle of Man and the UK. It was spawned from a conventional containerised cargo service which had started in the wake of industrial action by the National Union of Seamen.
The new company with its single ship took on the long-established Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, the principal carrier of cargo to the Island, and won. It’s success inevitably led to a merger of the two companies. Manx Line was to have a major and lasting impact on the Island’s infrastructure and economy.