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Ellen Vannen Snaefell, Tyndwall and Benmachree, Fourteen ships set out to sea. Proudly bearing a Manx name, But there's one will never again CHO: O Ellen Vannen, of the Isle of Man Company, O Ellen Vannen, lost on the Irish Sea. At one a.m. in Ramsey Bay Captain Tier was heard to say "The contract says deliver the mail In this rough weather we must not fail." Liners sheltered from the storm On the wave Ellen Vannen was borne Her holds were full and battened down As she sailed away for Liverpool town Her crew were twenty one Manx men Passengers Liverpool businessmen "Farewell to Mona's Isle, farewell This little boat is bound for Hell!" Less than a mile from the Bar Lightship Ellen Vannen by a wave was hit She sank 'neath the waters of Liverpool Bay There she lies until this day Few Manxmen now remember The third day in the month December A terrible storm in ninety-nine Ellen Vannen sailed the very last time Recorded by The Spinners many years ago. MR apr97
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