She was built as an iron 3-mast paddle steamer by R.Napier & Sons at Glasgow for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Ltd.
Launched on 28 April 1846 under the name TYNWALD, named after the ancient hull or mound upon which the laws of the island are yearly promulgated.
Tonnage 700 tons, dim. 188 x 13.6 x 16.6ft.
Oscillating steam engine 280 nhp, speed around 18/19 knots.
She carried a figurehead of a full length Manx Scandinavian king in armor. Had a clipper bow.
Had accommodation for 781 passengers.
Building cost £ 21.500.
Used in the passenger and cargo service between Liverpool and the Island of Man. Her cabins were elegantly furnished and decorated and there was a large deck-saloon.
Her first voyage from Liverpool to Douglas a distance of 84 miles, she covered in 4 hours and 18 minutes.
When on charter with the Liverpool and Belfast Company in December 1846 she collided with the mail steamer URGENT during dense fog, damaged one of her paddleboxes. There was a repair bill of £386 but the company claimed from the other party the nice sum of £2.004 in compensation for damage and loss of earnings, the claim was settled for £ 1.489.
During the winter seasons in 1850 she was chartered for a voyage to the Mediterranean, she made calls in Gibraltar, Genoa and Leghorn before returning home, she made the roundtrip in 30 days.
December 1863 in collision with the Naval brig WILD WAVE, costing the company £1.128.
During 1861 she carried the new appointed Lieutenant Governor Pigott to the island, he settled in Douglass.
From 1863 was she only used as cargo vessel.
1866 Sold for £5.000 to Caird and Co in part payment for TYNWALD II. Broken up the same year.
On the stamp she is depict moored alongside in the port of Douglas.
Source: West Coast Steamers by Duckworth and Langmuir. Island Lifeline by Connery Chappell. Some websites but lost the URL.