Whenever Blackburn people reminisce about our old Victorian railway station, they very often talk about the old 'ship in a glass case'' which used to sit on Platform 2, just by the ramp that took you down to the entrance hall / booking office.
The ship was actually the S. S. Viking and was one of the passenger ships operated by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Ltd.
From what I can gather (off the internet), she was built in 1905, was then sold to the Admiralty in 1915 and converted into a seaplane carrier, then bought back by the IofMSPCo in 1919, used during the years of the Second World War as a troop ship and then scrapped in 1954.
I can't remember when the model in the glass case was removed from the railway station, but I'm pretty sure it disappeared long before the station was modernised a few years ago. I can remember seeing a similar ship in a case at Lancaster railway station, during my busking days (so kind of 1987 - 1989 ish). Whether it was the Viking or another ship, I wouldn't like to say. Maybe someone out there could confirm?.
Top photograph courtesy of Blackburn Library Services - Reference Dept.
Postcard courtesy of the CP collection.
Bottom image courtesy of artist John L Chapman