Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Dunkirk ship Mona's Queen memorial held on Isle of Man

About 150 people have attended a memorial service on the Isle of Man dedicated to the crew who died on board the Mona's Queen in World War Two.

The Steam Packet vessel was sunk near France during the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940 when it struck a German mine.

Seventeen of the vessel's 24 crew were from the Isle of Man.

In 2010, the ship's starboard anchor was recovered from the sea and restored before being returned to the island as a permanent memorial.

'Absolute hell'

Speaking in 2011, former Steam Packet chief, Captain Hamish Ross, said: "These men would have been sailing between Douglas and Liverpool on normal ferry business and a month or two later they were on their way into Dunkirk.

"It was an absolute hell of a place where they were attacked from the air, the water and the shore."

The ship was one of eight from the Isle of Man Steam Packet company which rescued a total of 25,000 troops during the evacuation.

Two other Steam Packet ships, the Fenella and the King Orry, were also lost.

Port St Mary Commissioners held the annual service at Kallow Point where the anchor now rests.

The anchor, which was restored at Cammell Laird in Merseyside where the ship was built in 1934, arrived on the island in October 2011 and the memorial was unveiled on 29 May 2012.

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