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MODEL BOAT WEEKEND
MARCH 05 / 06- VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED
A table stall has been booked at the
Model Boat Trade Fair at the Ellesmere Port Boat Museum on Saturday and
Sunday - March 05 / 06 to promote the society. If you can spare a little
time that weekend to help crew the stall please get in touch with Colin
The first working parties of the new
year will assemble on January 04 & January 15.
The Daniel Adamson's steering engine was
collected from the quayside at Salisbury Dock on Saturday December 11,
lifted aboard John Griffith's trailer using a set of sheer legs and
delivered to the premises of TTE Training [www.tteltd.co.uk]
in Ellesmere Port where they are to be restored by apprentices.
At Ellesmere Port, volunteers John
Huxley, Colin Leonard and Pat Brennan were waiting to assist with
the off loading. TTE's Training Officer, Peter Baugh was on hand to
assist in proceedings having given up a large part of his day off, in
order to open up and store the items for overhaul.
A short time later the volunteers
joined John Griffiths and myself at the Boat Museum, Ellesmere Port
where we successfully manhandled the two main components of the windlass
onto John's trailer, no mean feat considering the weight of the thing.
On delivery at TTE the process was
reversed with the aid of the forklift truck completing in minutes what
had taken us over half an hour and many a 'cryptic' comment!
|November 28, 2004
WORKING PARTY UPDATE - NOVEMBER 27
Neil Marsden writes about the working
party on November 27:
Great day at the
boat today, despite a cold start and early dusk, we had ten volunteers
in attendance, succeeded in cleaning out the boiler water spaces,
removing the lime trays and bagging up the old lime ready for the new to
go in on Tuesday.
Lifted the last of
the main deck sheathing up forward, so all wood planking from stem to
aft end of engine casing now lifted.
starboard side, which was painted with preservative paint on Thursday,
has now been covered with shuttering ply, all neatly fitted with
inclined camber toward scuppers to allow run off, all ready for first
coat of non-slip top coat on Tuesday.
Several turns of
old packing removed from port main engine piston rod glands, a major job
as the turns of packing were each about an inch square in section and
had become very hard with age.
The removal of the
packing will hopefully make the turning of the engine a lot easier.
Eddie Doig and Nigel Farrell even stripped down the Calor Gas cooker,
tested it and have removed the burners for a thorough clean up,
hopefully this will allow us to enjoy some hot food when it really turns
All in all a very
working party date has been scheduled for Saturday December 11, 2004
Due to the cold
weather, reduced hours of day-light weekend working parties will be
reduced over the winter months.
The Daniel Adamson Preservation
Society has welcomed its 170th member this weekend.
GIFT AID FORMS
At the top of this
page you will note a prominent reminder about the return of Gift Aid
forms. If you did not complete one of these forms at the time of joining
the Daniel Adamson Preservation Society please download a copy, print
and complete it.
Each completed form will release
additional funds to the Society.
If you are a UK Income and / or
Capital Gains Tax payer please complete your form NOW! - Thank you.
STEAM BOAT ASSOCIATION VISIT DANIEL
A party of members from the Steam Boat Association of Great Britain [www.steamboat.org.uk]
visited the DANIEL ADAMSON on Saturday October 30.
The Daniel Adamson
Preservation Society's open meeting held at the Mersey Maritime
Museum on Saturday October 23, 2004 proved to be a great success with
people attending from as far away as Invergordon.
provided an opportunity for society members and other
interested parties to find out more about the project to preserve the
Daniel Adamson and the progress made to date.
Visits to the
Daniel Adamson - 26 members and 5 associates
At the meeting 41
members with 8 associates.
Total attendance at
the meeting including members and non-members was 64.
The society would
like to thank everyone for coming along.
The working party
which turned out on Saturday October 02 broke all previous records.
attended contributing a total of 108 hours of hard work. It was a great
achievement and we would like to thank all who turned out. [This
was followed by 9 members on Tuesday!].
has been much work going on but towards the end of Saturday, most people
helped out removing all the deck plates out of the engine room. This was
to allow the entire engine room and especially the bilges to be steam
cleaned. Over the last couple of weeks, several members lead by John
Deakin have been in the engine room bilges “digging” out many inches
of thick black tar-like substance as well as removing all broken glass
all solids had been removed, Dan
Cross arranged for us to borrow Svitzer Marine's oil recovery vessel
“Polgarth” for a few hours and their steam cleaner. On Tuesday the
Polgarth arrived and the entire engine room was steamed out and the
bilges are now 100% better. All bilge water which was full of grease and
oil was then pumped into the Polgarth. A big thank-you to Svitzer’s
for their assistance once again.
coming Saturday the job of putting the engine room plates back along
with ladders and covers will begin. Volunteers welcome!
as the pictures show, the port side main deck was ripped up after
lengthy recording of it had taken place. The steel work underneath is in
remarkable condition, it was the corroded bolts that were allowing rain
water to leak into the accommodation.
temporary “catwalk” will now be constructed to avoid tripping on the
fore-peak store was also completed and now sparkles thanks to lots of
chipping and painting.
|September 19, 2004
The aft deck covers are now complete and the Daniel Adamson now offers
suitable shelter from the elements thus enabling
all manner of jobs to be undertaken without interruption from the
has nearly finished the painting of the foredeck
store, Jack Nulty and Gordon Owen have lifted some more
decking, the steelwork beneath being in magnificent condition, they have
chipped off any loose paint and rust then finished off the exposed metal
with a coat of primer paint. Down below, John Deakin, Nigel Farrell and
Neil Marsden have lifted the engine room floor plates and have set about
digging out twenty years worth of oily mess from the bilges. On
Saturday September 19 we managed to fill about four bin bags with a
treacle like gunge in readiness for a thorough clean-up with a steam
cleaner. Dave Broomby and John Hake set about bailing the aft accommodation
bilges, removing a great deal of rotten timber from there as well as
drawing off the bulkhead glands on both port and starboard prop. shafts,
ready for examination and checking the packing etc.
addition they also tidied up the shafts, then stepped ashore to attack
the nearby toilet block, this had not been cleaned for some time, but
after the special attention lavished by John is now transformed to allow
a very acceptable facility for one and all.
from this our great supporter, Bill Thompson of JPS Scaffolding spent
several hours assisting with all manner of odd jobs and added a
temporary cover for the bow area, this effectively completes the
'weatherproofing' of the vessel and has transformed the 'Danny' into a
considerably more comfortable work place!
|August 24, 2004
Further work has commenced to secure
the Daniel Adamson from the weather. On August 24, JPS Scaffolding
Supplies erected a framework over the after deck aft from the funnel
which will support a covering. The cover will be put in place on August
This will afford complete protection
from the rain and prevent the ingress of rainwater. Interestingly the
completed cover may not look too unlike the awning which was installed
on the vessel when she operated on the Manchester Ship Canal as the
Ralph Brocklebank. <photos>
|August 22, 2004
In the near future all DAPS UK
members will receive a GIFT AID form sent to them through the post. A
copy will also be posted to the web site.
Now that the Daniel Adamson
Preservation Society is a registered charity every member completing and
form will enable the society to reclaim tax paid.
For every £1
donated or paid in membership subscriptions the society can reclaim 28p.
This applies to subscriptions and donations already paid as well as
renewals and future donations.
All you have to do is complete the
very straightforward form and return it to the society. The Gift Aid
scheme applies to all UK Income and Capital Gains Tax payers.
Some people may have noticed that the
DANIEL ADAMSON has been turned around in Salisbury Dock. This is to make
the protection offered by the green sheeting around the promenade deck
more effective. In case some people were wondering it was undertaken by
the "handraulic" motive power of nine volunteers last weekend.
This week detailed photographs were
taken of the Daniel Adamson's decking, or what remains of it. The
decking has become porous and rotten in places. It is intended to remove
the forward decking as soon as possible as this is acting like a sponge
and could lead to a deterioration of the plating underneath. Prior to
the removal of the deck planking detailed photographs were taken of what
remains to facilitate its replacement in the future.
PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE DANIEL ADAMSON
A new section of
the web site has been set up - The Historical Gallery which will contain
photographs and information about the DANIEL ADAMSON's operational
material is sought for inclusion. Please <click
here> for more information.
On Saturday August
07 a group of members fixed a large plastic sheet around the front of
the promenade deck to provide protection to the decking. Whilst the
canopy above the promenade deck has provided some protection,
the sheeting will enhance this further especially from the angular rain
which prevails down near the river! As well as protecting the
deck, the sheeting will also provide additional shelter for working
parties. We appear to be on the decline into autumn and winter already
looking at the prevailing weather!
Saturday 24th July, the boiler-room bilges had been cleaned enough
by our band of volunteers to allow the boiler to be opened up for an
initial inspection. We didn’t want the boiler open while there was
still lots of dust and general “muck”
flying around that may enter the boiler space. Our volunteers had
also entered the three furnaces beforehand, to remove all the surface
scale and rust. The inside of the furnaces and the combustion chambers
are now very clean and practically rust free.
the bottom mud-hole doors were opened as was the top door of the boiler.
The boiler was then thoroughly vented for a couple of days. We were
pleased to see that the boiler had been “laid up” in the correct
fashion by the MSCCo nearly twenty years ago. It had been thoroughly
“blown down” and was free of water, furthermore trays of lime had
been placed inside to remove and prevent moisture from forming within
the water space.
purpose of this initial inspection was that it was to be done by our
members, some of who have great experience with boilers and was to give
us some initial guidance as to the condition of the boiler without the
cost of a survey by a boiler insurance surveyor at this early stage.
Further investigations will take place in the near future and a report
on the condition of the boiler will be produced as part of our
“planning for the future” stage.
during the day, attention was paid to the two main engines. Both engines
could be turned with the hand turning gear but they were stiff and not
thankfully ceased up which is a surprise after twenty years of
group of members removed the cylinder covers off both engines to check
for moisture and corrosion. Little if any was found and liberal amounts
of John Deakin's “magic mix” was applied to the pistons and moving parts
to keep things from seizing. This is an important part of
ensuring there is no deterioration in the condition of the “Danny” now
she is ours.
thank-you to all who attended.
|July 18, 2004
From Neil Marsden -
<click here for photos>
the frequent downpours of the last few days we have been making progress
in our efforts to make the 'DA' a little more rainproof.
have already erected tarpaulins over the after deck but we need more to
complete the job (any offers???).
two we already have in place keep a lot of the rain off, but still more
is finding it's way in. Ideally we need to construct a framework to
support the tarpaulins and provide a 'pitched roof' over the complete
after deck the ends passing over the ships side, rather than at present
where they stop short and the run off 'hopefully' runs into the
scuppers, sadly not all of it!
of the condition of the after decks this problem needs resolving as soon
as possible, the after bilges require pumping virtually every visit and
this wastes a lot of time and effort which could be better utilised
covering would allow the area below deck a chance to dry out and make
life a lot more pleasant for those who will need to clear it ready for
two views show the limited cover we now have and will give an idea
of what we need to do. You will notice a cover has been fitted to the
funnel top and secured in place thanks to the efforts of John Griffiths,
new volunteer John Hake and (from today's efforts) 'Steeple' Jack Nulty!
photo depicts John Griffiths making final adjustments to his custom
made funnel cover, so that now, that four foot diameter tubular
hole in the deck aka the funnel is now rainproof! He and John Hake have
also made and secured ventilator covers too.
So if anyone has some scaffolding and a tarpaulin or two to spare we'd
love to hear from them, we can certainly put them to good use!
|July 11, 2004
Saturday July 10 saw another good
volunteer turn out with ten members turning up.
Neil Marsden reports that a lot of
work was undertaken including a great deal of muck
and coal dust being scraped and brushed from the boiler bilges which now
look very spic and span.
New member Nigel
Farrell did another great job in the boiler today, it was only his
second visit and on both occasions has eagerly volunteered to get stuck
in with some of the dirtiest jobs. Aside from Nigel, new members Stephen
Greenhalgh and Jack Nulty were also back again this weekend and very
much appreciated for their efforts.
With the other
regulars we are now making great progress despite the awful weather of
Daniel Adamson Preservation Society is now a registered charity. Our
registration number is: 1104681.
here to view details>
Over the weekend of July 03/ 04 two
teams of volunteers were at work. One painted the bulwarks black which
means that only the white hull lines remain to be painted.
The second team made a good start in
preparing the boiler for survey by cleaning out the furnaces and
undertaking other preparatory work.
|July 03, 2004
A group of Manchester Ship Canal
Company divers met with a small group of DAPS members at the Boat
Museum, Ellesmere Port on Friday July 02.
object of the exercise was to attempt recovery of components of the
Daniel Adamson which had been thrown overboard by vandals who had
boarded the vessel during her time in the ship dock.
due to the thickness of the silt on the bottom there was very little
chance of finding anything else and after a little over two hours they
gave it up. Still, we are very grateful to them for at least
trying and the recovery of the two important items made the exercise worth while from our point of view.
the weekend of June 26 / 27 The Daniel Adamson Preservation
Society attended its first transport rally event. - The
Inland Waterways Association National Campaign Rally on the Bridgewater
Canal at Runcorn.
Attendance at such events is important
as it raises public awareness of the society, enables us to recruit new
members, gain public donations etc. It is also interesting to meet
people who have had a connection with the "Daniel Adamson"
during her long career of service.
The society hopes to attend further
transport rallies and nautical related events initially in the North
West. If anyone knows of an upcoming events which may be worth attending
please get in touch.
Of course the attendance at such events
is only possible if our stand can be manned. For this purpose we will
continue to need volunteers. If you don't feel able to make a
contribution to the working parties on board the vessel, you may very
well be able to help us run the rally stand.
Saturday June 12, work was underway to replace the four tons of
limestone ballast which had to be removed from the vessel prior to dry
big news is that the Daniel Adamson returned to her natural element on
Sunday morning June 06, 2004. Her hull now looks superb!
securing the hull is only the first of many steps to be taken before
restoration is complete. This is not the beginning of the end, but the
end of the beginning!
view the progress of work during the dry docking check out the gallery
|May 30, 2004
Work has continued on the Daniel
Adamson this week at North Western Ship Repairers Clarence #1 Dry Dock.
Much rubbish on board the vessel has
been cleared into a skip.
With the vessel out of the water the
sea John Deakin has led a group working down below. The sea
valves have now been stripped and serviced. The three valves in the
boiler room which were directly bolted to the hull have been burnt off
by the shipyard. This had to be done to enable all the brass studs
holding them to be replaced as a couple had failed. New steel pads will
be welded back and the valves re attached.
the week the fore-peak tank was given a new cement wash. The entrance to
the tank is rather constricted and required and slim volunteer to enter
it and carry out the required work. Here we see Chris Marsden somewhat
cement splattered taking a breather on the promenade deck after the work
blasting of the hull commenced on Wednesday. Completion of the grit
blasting was followed by the priming of the hull ready for
consequence of the grit blasting was a large amount of spent grit left
coating on the bottom of the dry dock to a depth of almost 1 centimetre.
This had to be cleared out. Saturday afternoon saw a group of volunteers
descend into the dry dock with shovels to move several tons of the stuff
to the skip. It was rather hard work not helped by the fact that the
skip couldn't be moved as the work progressed.
the dry dock had been cleaned up, various spare parts and casting
patterns, received from the MSC store at Runcorn were load loaded on
Daniel Adamson Preservation Society is now in the process of applying
for charitable status.
by John Luxton
|May 23, 2004
The Daniel Adamson was moved into North
Western Ship Repairers Clarence #1 Dry Dock
on Thursday May 20.
On Friday May 21, Daniel Adamson
underwent an Non Destructive Test [NDT] survey which revealed her hull
to be very good condition.
Founding director Dan Cross comments:
" She passed the NDT with flying colours- a true
testament to her build quality and the way she was maintained to the
highest standard by the Manchester Ship Canal Company up to 1985.
to the limited drawings we have, she was built out of 5/20" and
was evidence of welding which in turn indicates some new plates had been
added which ties up with the paperwork we have which mentions new plates
being put in during the 1953 re-fit."
Mark Nichols carried out the NDT survey of the hull and commented at one
stage that he was getting bored due to there being no flaws in the hull
minimum thickness discovered was 6.8mm with an average of 7.5mm.
Surveyor Geoff Heaps who also was carrying out a full survey today for
insurance purposes stated he had no worries with the DA and added that
she was extremely watertight and had no problems recommending her to the
insurers for continued use afloat as far as the hull is concerned.
blasting of the hull will commence on Monday or Tuesday [May 24 / 25]
once the free paint from Sigma arrives.
will look so much different once she leaves with newly painted and
blasted hull and bulwarks.
Deakin is heading up a small band of members, myself included, to carry
out what work we can such as sea-valves ands re-cement washing the
fore-peak and aft-peak tanks.
is also hoped to get the engine room / boiler room bilges cleaned out
while in dry-dock, as they are in a filthy state.
|May 16, 2004
The remainder of the
limestone ballast was removed on Saturday May 15. The removal of the
limestone has revealed the hull lined with cement. With all the
limestone removed DANIEL ADAMSON now rides a good four inches out of the
water. The top of her rudder is now out of the water. Pat Brennan has
also led some major tidying of the saloon. This now presents a
completely different appearance to that which greeted visitors on the
first visit to the DANIEL ADAMSON in February.
|May 09, 2004
of the sealed tanks were opened up this morning, the fore peak was dry.
However there was a substantial amount of scale on the tank top itself.
This was removed, bagged and ready for the tip.
aft hatch (tank) situated aft of the bitts posed another problem. This
had water to the depth of about 1 metre and must have been at least 12
-14 tonnes in weight.
goodness the Fire Service has allowed us to borrow a pump on long term
loan. This areas has now been pumped dry apart from a small amount that
the pump would not remove.
inspection several items were found down there. The handles to the deck
bilge, along with the key that is used to release the prop
of these items are however quite rusty but are salvageable. There was
also an amount of large diameter chain down there which had stuck
together due to the length of time that it had been down there.
aft accommodation again posed us a problem. Due the amount of rain that
we have had recently and the decks leaking like a sieve the bilges had
about 12 inches of water in them again.
amount of the stone ballast has been removed.
to the wheelhouse is now possible as the door is now working.
- George Pennington