The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company has welcomed a Scout Group to revisit its roots as it celebrates its 100th anniversary.
More than 80 members of 1st Douglas Scout Group visited the Company’s new vessel Manannan. The Group was formed in 1909 and one of its first scout leaders, Thomas Oddy Fisher, was an Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Secretary.
1st Douglas Group Scout Leader Anne Atkinson said: “We feel our visit was like going back to our roots. We have a connection with the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company. We have been in our Scout Hall for 80 years and have a photograph taken at the opening and an Isle of Man Steam Packet Company flag is hanging from the ceiling.
“As it was our Centenary year we were looking for somewhere a little bit different and Manannan seemed the obvious choice. Whilst on board a few of the scouts made their promise. It was something very different. The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company visit can be fitted in to lots of badges - Outdoor Challenge, Entertainment, Global Challenge, Community Challenge, Communicator and Adventure Award for Beavers. The list is endless. We were also joined by members of Douglas Explorers, one of which is about to join the Merchant Navy. The scouts really enjoyed the visit. They had a great time. The Company’s staff were exceptional.”
Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward said: “I am delighted the scouts enjoyed their visit and were able to revisit their roots in what is their Centenary year. To have the youngsters make their promise on board is certainly something special. It’s great to see all ages taking a huge amount of interest in Manannan.”