Daniel Adamson is a steam powered tug-tender, built in 1903 as
the Ralph Brocklebank, by the Tranmere Bay Development Co., at
Birkenhead , for the Shropshire Union Railways & Canal Co. Bought by the
Manchester Ship Canal Co. in 1921, then sumptuously re-fitted and renamed in
1936, as their hospitality tender for dignitaries on official tours, until
retired in 1984.
After retirement, a mooring was provided at Ellesmere
Port by the Boat Museum , but lack of ownership led to gradual
deterioration, exacerbated by vandals, with safety issues leading to a
decision to scrap the vessel.
The Daniel Adamson Preservation Society was formed in February 2004
with the objective of restoring her to her former glory and capable of
active passenger carrying.
The Society is a Company limited by guarantee with charitable
status and now owns the Daniel Adamson.
Local businesses have given tremendous support, facilitating her
transfer to Liverpool,
dry docking, the undertaking of hull painting, some repairs, providing other
free services and equipment valued at over £35,000.
Historically important Daniel Adamson is now being restored
In the last two years over 11,000 hours of volunteer labour have
been expended on the tug, working in all areas to undertake work towards her
restoration. At the end of 2005 funding was obtained from the Heritage
Lottery Fund plus donations from other organization and individuals to fund
a £72,000 series of surveys to determine the work and cost to return her to
operational standard while maintaining her historic integrity.
Regular working parties take place twice a week, normally on
Tuesdays and Saturdays; your involvement would be very welcome or in other
Further information and regular progress reports can be found
The Society newsletter, "The Tow Line"’ is posted to all members
four times a year with all immediate news and progress with restoration
posted on the web site.
The work undertaken by as well as donations from members and others
have made the project possible along with loans and grants means that we
are secure, but more money is needed to fund further work.
Thank you in anticipation for supporting this important project.
GIFT AID FORM FOR EXISTING