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#HistoricShips - One of Liverpool’s most significant historic vessels will have a more secure future thanks to a donation from the the operator of the UK north-west port, the Peel Ports Group.

The safeguarding of the steam-powered former tug Daniel Adamson, featuring art-deco interiors, is for the next three years thanks to the donation of £75,000.

According to Peel Ports, the Daniel Adamson Preservation Society (DAPS) – is a volunteer group which led the £5m restoration project of the ‘Daniel Adamson’ Steam tug-tender, and with the investment from the port operator will benefit towards a long-term legacy project committed to teaching others about the vessel and its rich ties to the area.

The vessel built in 1903, affectionately known as the ‘Danny’, is the oldest surviving steam-powered tug to be built on the Mersey. Design of the tug was custom-built to tow the long strings of barges from the inland towns of Cheshire. From there the tug conveyed cargoes to and from the Potteries to the Port of Liverpool.

As mentioned in the news recently is the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead, where the Danny was acquired by the Manchester Ship Canal Company in 1921.  The tug was used to transport visiting VIPs around Manchester’s famous inland docks and along the ship canal.

In more recent times, the veteran vessel was earmarked for scrap in 2004, at which point the DAPS was formed to save this unique tug. 

Published in Historic Boats

#InlandWaters - The waters of the Lough Allen canal, Lough Erne and the Shannon-Erne Waterway will feature in the new series of Channel 4's Great Canal Journeys.

Presenters Tim West and Prunella Scales filmed in the area in July 2015, beginning their journey in Drumshanbo, and between music sessions, poetry and hyrdoelectric locks, they tried everything on the trip up the canal and out onto Lough Erne where they visited islands, homes and castles.

The series starts this coming Sunday (25 October), and the Irish episode will be broadcast at 8pm on Sunday 8 November on Channel 4, with catch-up available later via the channel's on-demand service All4.

Published in Inland Waterways

Coastal Notes Coastal Notes covers a broad spectrum of stories, events and developments in which some can be quirky and local in nature, while other stories are of national importance and are on-going, but whatever they are about, they need to be told.

Stories can be diverse and they can be influential, albeit some are more subtle than others in nature, while other events can be immediately felt. No more so felt, is firstly to those living along the coastal rim and rural isolated communities. Here the impact poses is increased to those directly linked with the sea, where daily lives are made from earning an income ashore and within coastal waters.

The topics in Coastal Notes can also be about the rare finding of sea-life creatures, a historic shipwreck lost to the passage of time and which has yet many a secret to tell. A trawler's net caught hauling more than fish but cannon balls dating to the Napoleonic era.

Also focusing the attention of Coastal Notes, are the maritime museums which are of national importance to maintaining access and knowledge of historical exhibits for future generations.

Equally to keep an eye on the present day, with activities of existing and planned projects in the pipeline from the wind and wave renewables sector and those of the energy exploration industry.

In addition Coastal Notes has many more angles to cover, be it the weekend boat leisure user taking a sedate cruise off a long straight beach on the coast beach and making a friend with a feathered companion along the way.

In complete contrast is to those who harvest the sea, using small boats based in harbours where infrastructure and safety poses an issue, before they set off to ply their trade at the foot of our highest sea cliffs along the rugged wild western seaboard.

It's all there, as Coastal Notes tells the stories that are arguably as varied to the environment from which they came from and indeed which shape people's interaction with the surrounding environment that is the natural world and our relationship with the sea.

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