Hi Bill, I worked on Manxman as a shipwright while she was in Hull, it was crap how she was carved up to make a nightclub. I wish you the best of luck and hope you succeed. regards Pete.As a new member I've just found these old postings relating to Manxman. As I am chairman of the charity working to raise funds to restore her, I'll post an update when I get the chance.
Meanwhile any with a Steam Packet/ Mersey connection may be interested in a fine print of a painting which the renowned Ted Walker has gifted to us for fund raising. Details on the web site www.ssmanxman.co.uk
ps I hope this isn't blatant comercialism, because it is in a good cause!!