Port Soderick - Slipway and Jetty - February 14, 2011
The Anchor Hotel
Port Soderick is a small hamlet and day tripper resort to the south of Douglas, once famed for its pleasure grounds and beach developed by the Forrester family in late Victorian times. Port Soderick is linked to Douglas by the Isle of Man railway but prior to World War II a funicular railway connected the resort to the Marine Drive electric tramway which provided an alternative transport link to Douglas.
With the decline of the Manx Tourist industry the resort has fallen on hard times, all except the state owned Glen is now abandoned. During the summer season the pleasure steamer KARINA operated by the Laxey Towing Company out of Douglas still calls occasionally – just to keep the landing rights on the jetty.
The Hotel, which, traded as the anchor until the early 2000’s, under the proprietor ship of a ‘celebrity chef’, lies abandoned.
Traces of the north and south coastal walkways can be seen, as well as the former oyster beads, amusement arcade / dance hall, paddling pool etc.
Much of the former resort’s present appearance dates back to the 1950s when the site was acquired by Douglas Corporation.
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