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The netlayer 'Prince Edward', laying nets

Date(s): 1916

Creator(s): Imperial War Museum

Scope & Content: RMS Prince of Wales No. 93381 was a steel built paddle steamer which was purchased together with her sister PS Queen Victoria, by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company from the Isle of Man, Liverpool and Manchester Steamship Company in 1888. The Manx Line, as the Isle of Man, Liverpool and Manchester Steamship Company was called, commenced service with the Prince of Wales and her sister Queen Victoria. Both ships had been built by Fairfield's Shipbuilding & Engineering Co, Govan, to excel the Mona's Isle and the Mona's Queen[4] it being the intention of the shipbuilding firm that the Steam Packet Company should be forced to buy these two ships.

The Prince of Wales was considered a very fast ship in her time. During her sea trials she was recorded over a measured mile at a speed of 24.5 knots. She had beaten the best vessels in the Steam Packet fleet in the short rivalry between her original owners and the Steam Packet on the Douglas route, and was a most valuable addition to the fleet upon her acquisition. Prince of Wales once steamed from Rock Light, New Brighton to Douglas Head (a distance of 68 nautical miles), in 2hrs. 59 min., an average speed of 23.25 knots.

Prince of Wales was sold to the Admiralty in 1915. Her name was changed to Prince Edward and she was fitted out as a net-laying anti-submarine ship. Together with her sister, both vessels were still considered fast for their day, and although they were getting on in years, naval architects appeared to think that paddlers, if not converted to troop carriers, were well suited to an anti-submarine role. The two ships were soon in the Eastern Mediterranean theatre, in support of troopships and even warships in the submarine-infested seas. At one time during the Gallipoli Campaign they found themselves accompanying their Steam Packet sister Snaefell, which was landing troops at Suvla Bay.

After the Great War, she was sold under the name Prince Edward to T. C. Pas for £5,600 and was broken up at Scheveningen, in the Netherlands. (Information provided by Paul Quine, June 2023).

Language: eng

Extent: overall: 11.5 cm x 16 cm

Physical description: black & white print

Item name: photograph

Collection: Photographic Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: PG/14047

Subject tags : boat, ship, mast, war, flags, netlayer.

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