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Historic Canal Ship Future Safeguarded by UK Ports Group

18th December 2018
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In the UK, the future of the historic steam powered tug, Danny Adamson, is to be safeguarded thanks to a donation. The veteran vessel used the canal network with cargoes to and from the Port of Liverpool, featured in recent months on Channel 4's 'Great Canal Journeys' along with the impressive Anderton Boat lift which links the Trent & Mersey Canal and the River Weaver. In the UK, the future of the historic steam powered tug, Danny Adamson, is to be safeguarded thanks to a donation. The veteran vessel used the canal network with cargoes to and from the Port of Liverpool, featured in recent months on Channel 4's 'Great Canal Journeys' along with the impressive Anderton Boat lift which links the Trent & Mersey Canal and the River Weaver. Photo: DAPS / Danny In Steam -facebook

#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. 

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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