is ‘Daniel Adamson’ so important?
simple answer to this question, is that ‘she’ is unique, the last of her
kind, there simply is no other vessel like her in the UK today, few if any
remain anywhere in the world. What is even more amazing is that she is largely
original. Her riveted hull is the same today as when first built in 1903, much
of it comprising hand riveted plates easily distinguishable from later machine
(rivet gun) type fixings and readily visible.
twin steam engines again date from 1903 and stand as testament to the build
quality and engineering skills of those times. Potentially she is one of the
oldest ‘operable’ coal fired, steam driven ships in the world.
Do you intend to operate her?
Yes, it is our intention to restore ‘Daniel Adamson’ to full operation, to do this we
must restore her to the highest possible standards both in terms of safety and
operating efficiency. We must provide a safe environment not only for our
visitors, but also for those who will operate the vessel. The ship must operate
efficiently, so as to become self-sustaining. Maintenance and operating costs
will inevitably be high and we cannot expect to rely on ‘hand outs’
Hopefully certification for a full passenger capacity will be gained, which in
conjunction with a wide and varied itinerary, plus other functions will, we
believe, allow complete self funding.
will she operate?
Adamson’ a product of the
, built in
with engines manufactured in
, has spent her entire life in the area. Originally plying
, she later worked on the
, her versatile design allowing her to tow vessels from
barges to ocean going ships as well as to carry passengers, in later years
in some luxury. We have no plans for ‘towage’ duties, but only to operate
passenger services in these same waterways.
that mean competition with other operators?
don’t think so, that might be the case if we were merely offering ‘more of
the same’ but ‘Daniel Adamson’ is neither a ferry nor a coastal excursion
vessel, moreover, her historic significance combined with her unique features of
steam power, classic art deco saloons and Edwardian accommodation, will we believe
provide a very different experience, that will compliment, rather than compete
with existing operators in what we see as a growing resurgence in water borne
leisure activities in the region.
are a Registered Charity, what proportion of the money you receive goes to the
Simple, 100% of all monies received is used to preserve the ship. All
working parties comprise unpaid volunteers, similarly the committee provide
all their services freely and without remuneration. Every penny goes to
saving the ship. Naturally we must occasionally engage the services of
professionals, skilled craftsmen and so on, to carry out some aspects of the
work involved, these services must be paid for, as must materials needed to
complete the work. There are expenses too, the provision of a website and
newsletters for members falls in this category. Aside from that volunteers
incur many incidental costs, travel, tools, telephone calls etc. which,
thankfully for us they bear themselves! So be assured, every pound you give
is used in the project, in fact, if you’re a tax payer, sign a ‘Gift Aid’
form with your donation, we get £1.28 for every pound you donate!
do I get out of it?
not a question which may arise directly on a ‘frequent’ basis, but one
deserving consideration. By making a donation, taking up membership, or better
still, both, you are taking positive steps to ensure the viability of this
project. The support of members is an essential element not only for the
financial help this provides but also as an indicator of the level of interest
and support for the cause. This can prove critical when seeking funding.
Similarly the hours worked by volunteers can be utilised in assessing ‘matched
funding’ in bid proposals, so although the work is given freely and unpaid, it
does have a potential financial value. You may if you wish learn new skills, or
apply long dormant talents perhaps thought redundant for years! You will meet a
lot of like-minded individuals from all walks of life who share your interest
and there is little doubt amongst them, you will make some good friends.
will certainly have an opportunity to get involved, but only to a level that
suits you. Above all you will have played a valuable part in saving this
no sailor what could I do?
are very fortunate that among our members we do have a number of maritime
professionals, many of whom are actively employed as seafarers today. Equally we
have many members from a variety of backgrounds with a wide range of skills from
basic on up. It would be fair to say that just about everybody has some skill
that we can use, furthermore, most people are eager to learn or at least happy
As we progress we can
hopefully utilise this expertise and our facilities to pass on
these skills to others, similarly the vessel will provide a valuable
educational tool for a number of disciplines.
do you get out of it?
in financial terms, nothing whatever, in terms of achievement, pride, call it
what you will, an amazing sense of doing something worthwhile, saving a piece
of history for the benefit of a great many people, hopefully for future
Not in some museum as a cold, inanimate object, but in the environment for which she
was designed and built, providing stimuli for all the senses, with all the
sights, sounds and smells of an earlier age, not ‘virtual reality’, but
the real thing, literally a ‘time machine’ transporting you back over 100