Douglas

The bus, a rare Leyland Comet, registration KMN 519 and new to Douglas Corporation in 1950, it was withdrawn from service in 1968, purchased by builders Parkinsons for staff transport then withdrawn by the company in 1979.

It is seen here after a full restoration by a UK collector outside the Jurby Transport Museum.

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KMN 519 - A Former Douglas Corporation Bus © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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A bit of a breeze blowing up on Douglas Head this afternoon and I just couldn’t resist this one of the Manannan backing in to her Berth.

Coupled with the Gorgeous WW1 commemorative display of poppies on Douglas Head now in full bloom which is a total credit to Douglas Corporation Gardening Department for such a fantastic display up on Douglas Head.

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Poppies on Douglas Head - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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The Laxey towing Company’s MV Karina berthed next to the Douglas Lifting Bridge (last week).

The Karina was first launched on the 17th June 1946 and her maiden voyage was the 27th July 1946.

Overall length 66 ft, breadth 14.9 ft, depth 5.7 ft, freeboard 3 ft.

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MV Karina in Douglas Harbour © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Another one of my Street Photography efforts, this time on North Quay in Douglas.

The Newson Trading Co Ltd property on the right is probably one of the few surviving oldest buildings in Douglas that are still standing.

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North Quay in Douglas © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Isle of Man Steam Railway Loco number 12 ‘Hutchinson’ arriving at Douglas Station.

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Steam Train Hutchinson © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Built circa 1895 on a site that was once the Mona Aerated Mineral Co.

The first alcohol licence was granted at the same time despite great opposition from the local women inhabitants of Douglas.

The total cost of the Hotel along with 3 houses and 2 shops was put at £6000.

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Woodbourne Hotel - Douglas © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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The inscription above the door states;

“The Douglas Soup Dispensary erected for charitable purposes out of the Henry Bloom Noble Trust funds in 1908”

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Soup Kitchen Myrtle Street - Isle of Man © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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A visitor to Douglas Harbour – Motor Yacht Solandge was built this year (2013) at the Rendsburg shipyard in Germany and will be travelling on to the Caribbean after her visit to the Isle of Man.

The 85-metre vessel which has 5 decks is ranked as the 62nd largest yacht of its kind in the world and was unveiled in June 2013. It comes complete with a crew of around 30.

The image was captured on my Sony HX20V camera, resized and cropped  in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

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Motor Yacht Solandge - Douglas Harbour -  © Peter Killey

 

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This is the entrace to the Nunnery on the Old Castletown Road in Douglas, this gate house and the main Nunnery building are steeped in Manx history and is a fine example of a 13th century stately home.

The image was captured on my Sony HX20V camera, resized and cropped  in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

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Nunnery Gate House - © Peter Killey

 

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Wind Farm vessel Excalibur is seen here sheltering in Douglas Bay prior to working in the Walney Wind Farm.

This vessel will be a familiar sight througout the winter months in Douglas Bay.

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Excalibur lying off Douglas Beach - © Peter Killey Excalibur in Douglas Bay - © Peter Killey

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An early morning image of the Isle of Man Steam Packet’s flag ship Ben My Chree in Douglas Harbour prior to departure to the port of Heysham.

The image was captured on my Sony HX20V camera, resized and cropped  in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

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Ben My Chree at Sunrise © Peter Killey

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The Island is a Crown Dependency which, through its ancient parliament, Tynwald, enjoys a high degree of domestic legislative and political autonomy. The United Kingdom Government is, by convention, responsible for the conduct of the external relations and defence of the Island.

Dating back over one thousand years to Viking origins, “Tynwald is the oldest Parliament in the world in continuous existence”. It comprises two branches – the democratically elected House of Keys and the Legislative Council. The majority of Members sit as independents, and the virtual absence of party politics encourages a high degree of consensus. This has contributed to the remarkable stability of the Manx system. (Click on the image for a larger view)

The House of Keys - © Peter KilleyExternal issues such as foreign representation and defence are administered on the Island’s behalf by the UK Government.

The 24 members of the House of Keys (MHKs) are elected every five years and represent the following ancient Sheadings of Mann – Ayre, Castletown, Douglas, Garff, Glenfaba, Malew/Santon, Michael, Middle, Onchan, Peel, Ramsey and Rushen. 

The 11 members of the Legislative Council (MLCs) or upper house, generally act as a chamber which revises Bills initiated in the Keys. The royal assent to Tynwald Bills is given by the Queen or, now more commonly, by his Excellency the Lieutenant Governor on the Isle of Man.

The political head of the Manx Government is the Chief Minister, who is chosen by Tynwald from within its own ranks after each general election. The Chief Minister selects his ministers who have responsibility for the major government departments and, with the Chief Minister, form the Council of Ministers (the Manx Cabinet).

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