A special competition by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company is giving the Island’s schools the opportunity to win £1,000 worth of books and equipment.

In May the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company purchased a large fast craft vessel, known as Incat 050.

The Incat is currently based in Hobart in Tasmania and will next month be undertaking the 11,000 mile trip to Britain. It is estimated the journey will take about one month.

To celebrate the ship joining the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company’s fleet, we are inviting the Island’s primary school children to become part of the adventure and write a story entitled “The Adventures of Captain Incat and his Catamaran”. The winner will receive £1,000 of geography books and equipment for their school.

During the Incat’s sailing to Britain each primary school will be able to comunicate with the ship’s captain and crew on board the vessel. They can pose questions about the ship and the places it has visited on its journey home. This will allow children to create a fictional story or one based on discussions with the Captain and crew.

Each school will also be given a world map so the children can plot the progress of the Incat’s journey.

Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward said: “We are delighted to be able to involve the Island’s school children in what is a real step forward for the Company and reinforces our commitment to provide the highest quality of service to the Manx community.

“We hope all of the Island’s primary schools will be able to join in our geography competition as it is an exciting, entertaining and relevant way to learn about the world.”

Once all the stories have been read the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company will choose a winner.