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Isle of Man – 2

'Lady Isabella' - The Great Laxey Wheel

‘Lady Isabella’ – The Great Laxey Wheel

Fin & J treated us to another day’s car hire – a sporty wee Nissan Micra Convertible – and the two sports cars (theirs a proper one) toured in open-top company round Onchan, Laxey and Ramsey. We visited the famous Great Wheel at Laxey, water driven as IOM had no coal for steam engines, which provided power to lift buckets of zinc ore to the surface, and latterly also to transport miners up and down the 1500ft main shaft, otherwise a long and dangerous climb on ladders. On our last day we returned to Douglas to potter round the town and visit the Manx Museum, while Fin & J drove round the TT Mountain Course. We found the Isle of Man a very attractive place and really enjoyed our week’s visit.

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