Port St Mary Lifeboat Station - Location

Where are we located ?

The Isle of Man is an Island in the middle of the Irish Sea, situated between England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

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Port St Mary is a fishing harbour on the South coast of the Island. Due to it's deep water refuge with access at all states of the tide and shelter from the prevailing south westerly winds, during the summer months all kinds of watercraft have been known to visit . Craft have ranged from Passenger Liners to submarines , but now mainly consist of visiting yachts, the local crab and fishing boats, diving support craft and the usual assorted watersports craft. The Manx fishing fleet mainly fishes for king and queen escallops with a large influx of vessels from Northern Ireland and Scotland between November and March each year when the King scallop season is open. Twenty years ago the local trawler fleet numbered some 20 boats but these days with poorer catches it has shrunk to 3 vessels. Port St Mary used to be the home base for Liverpool University's Fisheries Research vessels however in 2006 the University Marine Biological Station at Port Erin was closed.

Aerial photograph of Port St Mary and its harbour- this photograph was taken in late Autumn when the Outer harbour anchorages have been vacated by yachts and also the local trawler fleet was at sea. In the distance is another village and bay which is the location of Port Erin.

 

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