I know this isn't a WW2 subject or even a military/naval one, but Keith and I were discussing modelling a few months ago, so I thought I would post some photos of the model that I have just completed. This is the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company vessel Ellan Vannin. The model is scratchbuilt, entirely my own work, except for the anchor chain which is bought, and the brass ferrules on which she stands, which an elderly gentleman with traditional workshop skills turned for me. The rigging is grossly simplified of course; rigging is not my strong point but it has to survive in a living-room environment. The Scale is 1/16th inch: 1 foot. The original was 207 ft overall length, and 375 tons gross . "Ellan Vannin" is Manx Gaelic for "Isle of Man". She was built as the Paddle Steamer Mona's Isle 2 on the Clyde in 1860 and converted to a Twin Screw Steamer and renamed in 1883. On 3rd December 1909, she sank in an unforecast hurricane approaching Liverpool, after leaving Ramsey. All 36 people on board were lost; fortunately, being that time of year, she was only carrying 15 passengers; she was licensed to carry 300. I have had a couple of holidays in the Isle of Man and became interested in the story. Having been in service 49 years, she was was a huge loss to the Island; virtually everyone on the island who had been abroad would have travelled on her. They have never named another vessel "Ellan Vannin". Having said that, only five photos of her appear to exist; four that can be found on the internet, and one that the reference section of the Manx Museum found for me when I visited. A book was written about the loss: "The Ellan Vannin Story", by Richard Stafford, that the museum showed me, but that is mainly about the people involved rather than the ship. There is a plan of the ship in the book, drawn in 1998, but it differs from the photos in several respects, so I have used it for guidance only. There is also a picture of another model; no doubt the workmanship is better than mine, but again I really believe it differs from the photos. So I have used the photos as my main guide, and so clearly some details are speculative. It is nearly the centenary of her loss; I didn't make the model for that reason but having started it I thought I may as well try and finish it in time for the centenary. I may send in the pictures to the Isle of Man News, though I'm sure they have lots of home-grown information.