The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company has welcomed millions of passengers on board its vessels, but this month it will greet one of its more unusual travellers.

An 18 foot-long Tyrannosaurus Rex will travel to Douglas from Liverpool, but other passengers on board fast craft Manannan won’t need to worry – the prehistoric creature won’t be roaming the decks!

Tyson the dinosaur is visiting the Island to promote the upcoming Jurassic Adventures show at the Gaiety Theatre. The production, on 29th and 30th August, transports the audience to a magical island where Doctor Grant and his team of explorers encounter huge dinosaurs, including an angry T-Rex mother which wants its baby back.

After sailing on Manannan, T-Rex Tyson will be making a few surprise appearances around the Island, including during the afternoon at the Royal Agricultural Show on Saturday 8th August.

Dawn Maddrell, General Manager at the Villa Marina and Gaiety Theatre, said: ‘Jurassic Adventures promises to be a superb family-friendly show packed with fun, thrills and, of course, dinosaurs. Keep an eye on our Facebook page to find out how a selfie with Tyson could win you a family ticket to the show.

‘Before the cast take to the stage at the Gaiety, we thought the Royal Show would be a great opportunity for people to see one of the stars up close. We’re really grateful to the Steam Packet Company for organising the transport of our prehistoric guest – and don’t worry, it will be safely stowed away throughout the journey.’

Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward added: ‘We are very experienced at dealing with all kinds of cargo, but it’s not very often we’re asked to transport a dinosaur!

‘The Company is delighted to be able to get involved, as it sounds like Jurassic Adventures will be an exciting show, and I’m sure the arrival of a T-Rex will cause quite a stir at the Royal Show.’

Photograph: The Steam Packet Company is bring a star of the upcoming Jurassic Adventures show to the Isle of Man.