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John Halsall was born during World War II in Douglas but raised in Laxey. The sea and ships captivated him from his earliest days and John left school at 15 to begin a lifetime of work on the high seas, first and last with the Isle of Man Steam Packet but with nearly 30 years in between as local fisherman and 'deep sea' merchant seaman which saw him travel the world carrying cargo as far and wide as Finland and Singapore, Brazil and the Suez Canal.
He saw out the last 20 years of his long working life aboard the famous ships of the Isle of Man Steam Packet passenger and cargo fleet, his last job being rope-man on the piers at Douglas where he first began his life at sea.
The following ships are beautifully illustrated by John Halsall on this set of six stamps.
The Star of India (1863) was constructed as the Euterpe, by the Ramsey ship yard . She is the oldest iron-hulled merchant ship still floating.
The Lady Elizabeth (1879) was not Manx built but was commanded by George Christian Karran of the Karran Fleet, sailing out of Castletown.
The Nobby White Heather (1904) was built by Neakle & Watterson of Peel, and was registered as a fishing boat with port code PL5.
Empress Queen (1897) was the most powerful paddle steamer ever constructed, and during the First World War she became a troopship. She was lost when she ran aground on the Isle of Wight.
SS King Orry (1913) was built by Cammell-Laird at Birkenhead. She became an armed boarding vessel in the North Sea, searching for contraband and enforcing the blockade against Germany until returning to passenger duties between the wars. She was lost to enemy action whilst taking part in the Dunkirk evacuation of 1940.
Lady of Mann was constructed by Ailsa Shipbuilding at Troon. After decommissioning in 2005 the Lady of Mann ended her days as a passenger ferry in the Aegean, before being broken up in Turkey in 2011.
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