A look round the ship, re-named Mary The Queen, on December 2nd 1995, just before she left for the Philippines. Through the late Captain Vernon Kinley, Ted Capstick ,another IOMSPCo enthusiast, managed to get us both on board the Ship two days before she was due to leave for the Philippines. This nearly didn't happen because we were denied entry to Vittoria dock by the security guard. Ted showed him the letter he had received from the Steam Packet, but the guard said as the ship was no longer owned by the Steam Packet so was nothing to do with them and therefore he wasn't letting us in the Dock.
After some frantic phone calls we were eventually allowed in the Dock and managed to get on board. Once on board wewere taken up to the wheelhouse and introduced to the Captain, a tall Scandinavian man and two of the owners of MBRS Lines who had bought the ship. We gave out some complimentary MANXLINK magazines and videos and were then given the run of the ship for a couple of hours. Here are some snaps taken on that day and show how much the Lady of Mann's interior has changed. Inside both ships were very similar until Lady's rebuild.