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NOVEMBER 26, 2012
2012 OPEN DAY, EVENING SOIREE & AGM
We had our annual Open Day
on Saturday, 8th September. Earlier in the year United Utilities
informed the Society that we might not be able to have our Open Day as
they were concerned giving members of the public access to Wellington
Dock when a large scale building project was taking place
on the site.
A couple of months later UU
had a bit of a re-think and we offered a compromise by suggesting that
we would have just have "members only" Open Day to keep the numbers down
and bus them from Wellington Dock car park around to Sandon Dock
via Canada Dock gate.
So this year was an Open
Day for members only with no dock trips, no marching band and no fish &
The buses to transport our visitors were supplied by our friends at
Merseyside Transport Trust, for more information please visit their
On the day I was disappointed in the number members who attended, I
think we counted no more that 50 for the day and at times there were
more volunteers than visitors, but those who did turn up were
treated to a nice sunny day and the opportunity to have a look round the
Danny at their leisure
The lack of visitors on the Open Day was offset by the numbers that
attended the Saturday night bash at Widnes Cricket Club, it was almost a
The evening went well and was enjoyed by everybody, the room was
pleasant, the the buffet was excellent and music supplied by the the
60's tribute band "Searchin" got a lot a people onto the dance floor to
demonstrate their jiving skills and on a personal note, the Cricket Club
serve a very nice pint of mild.
The AGM was held on Sunday morning again at the cricket club.
June Huxley & Dougie Hall
serving at the tea stall
Jack Nulty (in the Hi-viz
jacket) chats to a visiting member.
Members relaxing in the
Your truly peddling his
"Danny" souvenir key rings.
The group "Searchin"
rocking the night away.
The dance floor boppers
showing how it is done.
Member Claire Rider and
DAPS Treasurer, George Robinson, sort out the raffle tickets
Membership Secretary John
Broomby and his good lady Anneke tucking in to the buffet
DAPS Education & Outreach
Officer Dave Brown with his mother-in-law, Elsie
DAPS President Tony Hurst
with his wife Di
Starboard side of the
Port side of the Concert
Member John Pickering won
the “looking like a pirate” prize with his eye patch.
Chairman Dan Cross using
the the Cricket Club's HD projector and large screen
to show his presentation to the AGM audience.
Widnes Cricket Club in the
OCTOBER 08, 2012
HERITAGE LOTTERY SUPPORT FOR MARITIME
Daniel Adamson Preservation Society (DAPS), which is restoring the
historic Mersey tug tender SS Daniel Adamson, is jubilant having
received initial support for a £3m Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)
bid, including development funding of £37,300.
has approved a first-round pass* application to assist the Society work
towards a second-round application next year. The Society resubmitted a
fresh application to HLF following last year’s unsuccessful bid.
Daniel Adamson is the UK’s last steam tug tender, built at Tranmere in
1903 for an Ellesmere Port - Liverpool passenger ferry and barge towing
service. Later sold to the Manchester Ship Canal in 1921, as a tug and,
with a new art deco double decker saloon, acted as the directors’
coal-fired ship will be restored to public service, sailing from
Liverpool Cruise Terminal or the city centre Canning Dock all over the
Mersey, Weaver and Ship Canal.
Hilton, Head of HLF North West, said: “We’re delighted to be giving our
support to the Daniel Adamson Preservation Society for their vision to
restore this very special historic vessel. We believe their latest
plans have great potential and we’d like to commend everyone involved
for their tenacity and passion in developing them. We’ll be working
closely with the Society in the coming months as they progress the
Atterbury, DAPS president and Antiques Roadshow expert said: “I am so
pleased to hear that the HLF Round One application has now been
approved. This is a major step and the door is now open to the road
that, hopefully, will lead to the fulfilment of all our hopes. It brings
the dream of seeing ‘the Danny’ back in service a big step nearer to
reality. It is also a vindication of all those hours, weeks and years of
dedication and hard work by the volunteer team, without which this
simply could never have happened. We all know it can be done. Now the
nation is starting to believe us.”
Ellman, Liverpool Riverside MP and Chair of the Transport Select
Committee, said: “It is wonderful news to hear the Daniel Adamson’s
Heritage Lottery Fund bid has been revitalised. Not only will the ship
be a piece of living, breathing Merseyside maritime history, but she
will become an asset to be used by the whole community.”
SEPTEMBER 18, 2012
Refitting the pistons, the last big
job of the engine rebuild has been completed.
Our two engines are classified as
"compound engines" meaning that they have only two cylinders, one high
pressure and the other low pressure.
The high-pressure cylinder uses
steam directly from the boiler at 120 psi to force the piston up and
down, the exhaust steam from this cylinder is then fed to the low
pressure cylinder to force its piston up and down. The exhaust steam
from the low-pressure cylinder is fed to the condenser where it is
converted back into water and pumped back into the boiler to be reused.
The high-pressure pistons are 14" in
diameter and have 3 rings to seal the gap between the piston and
cylinder wall. The rings are split which allows then to be carefully
pulled apart and fitted over the piston and into their respective
grooves, there they are held in place but have enough spring tension to
make contact with the side wall of the cylinder which stops the steam
leaking past the piston.These rings are made of fine grain cast iron are
machined to fit the piston grooves and to be the right size for the
Because these rings are similar to
ones used on present day applications they are readily available and we
have had 10 new ones made which gives us two new sets with 4 spares.
The 30" diameter low-pressure
pistons have a completely different design of rings, they are, to give
them their full title "Lockwood & Carlisle's Improved Patent Double
Action Piston Packing Rings and Springs". These rings consist of two
split rings that sit around the piston on a lip, in between the piston
and the rings is a large circular horizontal spring which has a number
of vertical springs fitted around it. This whole assembly is secured to
the piston by a retaining ring bolted to the top of the piston and the
name given to this is the "junk ring". The horizontal spring forces the
two split rings apart so they are tight against the junk ring and the
lip on the piston, while the vertical springs force the two split rings
outwards against the cylinder wall.
Having done some measurements on the
low-pressure piston rings it was decided that they could be refitted
with no adjustment required.
During this exercise of refitting
the pistons, the cylinders were also checked for wear and any signs were
carefully removed with emery cloth.
The pistons have a taper fit on to
the piston rods and are held down with a 4" nut, we have yet to fully
tighten up these nuts because we need to source a 4" flogging spanner
Our attentions will now turn to
finding, making and fitting all the ancillary parts that were fitted to
high pressure (HP) pistons showing the ring grooves. The centre bosses
are not shown in this photo.
the camera is an HP piston, in the centre is the piston boss, this bolts
to the piston and slides over the piston rod taper, it is upside down in
this photo. Farthest away are the three rings.
Colin checks one of the rings
in the bore of the port engine HP cylinder
Colin & Andy fit the rings
onto the starboard HP piston
Joe make sure the gaps in the three rings are staggered around the
piston being carefully lowered into the port cylinder at the same time
the rings are
teased into the bore.
The piston fully "home" on the
piston rod taper, it just needs its retaining nut to be screwed on
Colin does the final check on
a HP piston installation
One of the low pressure (LP)
pistons, the studs hold the retaining "junk" ring in place
An LP piston with its two
split rings and the springs, the junk ring is at the top left of the
view of the LP piston, the lower split ring is on the piston lip, the
springs are in place behind it, the top split ring needs to be placed
over the springs then the junk rink fitted to hold everything in place.
up of the horizontal spring
A close up of the vertical
A diagram of how it all fits
Grey = LP piston
Red = junk ring
Light blue = top split ring
Dark blue = lower split ring
Green = horizontal spring
Purple = vertical spring
John checks the port LP piston
as it is lowered into the cylinder
piston fully home on the piston rod taper with its retaining nut fitted.
Colin checking the cylinder
for wear, his arms just about reach the bottom.
Neil doing some remedy work on
the threads of one of the 4" retaining nuts.
The LP and HP pistons fitted
in the starboard engine.
AUGUST 16, 2012
DANNY REAL ALE LAUNCH
great pleasure I am now finally, able to announce the launch of our
eagerly anticipated DAPS / Frodsham Brewery Real-Ale.
has now been brewed in two batches, the first batch going to produce
around 1,000 bottles of Bottle Conditioned, un-pasteurised / filtered
Ale which is being released from the fermentation room today and have
labels applied by the weekend.
second batch has now been brewed and will be ready for delivery to pubs
(eighteen kegs I believe) for W/C 27th August. Thousands of
attached leaflet (printed double sided) are also ready for onward
distribution with the beer. Pump Clips are also ready.
Ultimately although a fun element of the project, it’s primary aim is to
raise awareness of the project via exposure to the public, via Media
Releases we will put out in regional and national press but also to
raise some modest funds along the way.
remember, thanks to the generosity of the brewery, a donation will be
made for every Pint and bottle sold.
members, we will have bottles available to buy at our open day on Sat 8th
September but the beer will also be available as a bottled product via
two retailers. These are:
& Hops in
Macclesfield (On Line retailers only)
www.barleyhops.co.uk or Tel: 01625 440700
in a Bottle
(Same people behind Ship & Mitre).
http://www.theshipinabottle.co.uk/ They do on line sales, tele sales
or simply call in to one of their amazing bottled beer shops in
Whitechapel, Liverpool or Grange Road, West Kirkby.
be aware that the bottles will only be going out next week but if you
want to beat the rush, please contact either retailer and let them know
you want some “Danny” and they will ensure they order enough!
great beer like any great ship deserves a great launch so we have
organised one, well actually three!
of our quest to create as much interest as possible, three “regional”
launches have been set up. This was not easy as brew times, schedules
and of course our impending open day and working parties had to be
worked around. The three venues, as set out below have been selected to
give DAPS some good exposure in the Merseyside/ Wirral area, Halton/
Warrington area and the Greater Manchester area.
invited a few guests, friends and supporters of DAPS but most
importantly, we want our members and volunteers to come along, enjoy a
pint of Danny and celebrate this all together. We would naturally be
delighted if you could attend. Please, consider each venue and we would
love to see you at any (or all if you have the stomach for it!)
Wed 5th Sept at the “Ship
& Mitre” in Liverpool 12:00-14:00
(Art-Deco upstairs lounge) and real ale mecca with around 30 beers
on draft at any time. Deputy Mayor Gary Millar and several council
members including Judith Feather and business leaders including Gary
Hodgson plus some colleagues from Peel Ports, Ian Higby, MD of ACL
Container Line & also Chair of Mersey Maritime etc. will be
attending. Also representatives from National Museum’s Liverpool
hope to attend along with some other guests.
Thursday 6th September at
“The Ferry Boat” (JD Wetherspoons) in Runcorn12:00-14:30
including a “meet the brewer” session with Frodsham Brewery. Rob
Polhill Leader of Halton Council, Eddie Jones (deputy leader) and
various others will attend. We would especially like to see some ex
Danny crew there that day so please spread the word.
Friday 7th September at
“The Trackside” (again a well known Real-Ale pub) At the East Lancs
Good opportunity to show overlap between our “Railway Steamship” and
the Railways. This one will also give us a greater presence in the
Manchester/ Lancashire area. We hope to also invite some people from
surrounding councils and Peel Media, Salford and Imperial War
Museum. Again if you are able to attend this one, we need some good
support in the Gtr Manchester area.
we are hoping to run competitions (subject to final confirmation) with
some great prizes in the Liverpool Echo & Widnes/ Runcorn Weekly News so
look out for that shortly!
see you all there. Cheers!
Adamson Preservation Society
JULY 12. 2012
Danny Real Ale -
you lovers of Steam and Real-Ale, we have teamed up with the small,
craft brewery in Frodsham and produced something rather special.
as it will be known is a unique Real-Ale using an ancient recipe,
popular many years ago.
Brewery will also be making a donation to DAPS for every pint and bottle
they sell. The beer will be available on draught and as a bottle
conditioned, un-filtered beer.
of public launches in Liverpool, Runcorn, and Bury are planned for early
September and we will post more information here when the final details
are confirmed such as pubs where it will be available and where you will
be able to buy it bottled.
have a local that you think may be interested in taking the beer, please
print out the poster and speak to your friendly Landlord. Lots of pubs
in the North-West already take beers from the excellent Frodsham
checking back for updates.
[Click on Poster to enlarge]
JULY 02, 2012
Member Events 2012
Annual Open Day
Saturday 8 September 2012
The ‘Danny’ will be open to DAPS members on Saturday 8
September 2012 between 10:30 and 15:00. However, because of the
extensive construction work being carried out by United Utilities in and
around Wellington Dock, this year’s Open Day has had to be restricted to
DAPS members, their family and guests. All guests must be accompanied
by a DAPS member and no members of the
general public will be admitted.
No pre-booking is required but members will be required
to present their DAPS membership card at the main entrance to Sandon
Dock in order to gain admittance to the event. The entrance to be used
this year will be the main United Utilities gate, one gate north of the
gate used in the past couple of years. Signage will be placed on Regent
Road (the Dock Road) outside the entrance gate to be used.
Light refreshments – tea, coffee, biscuits, cakes – will
be available but no other catering facilities are able to be provided
this year. Similarly, it will not be possible to have either the
Adamson Band in attendance or to provide bus dock tours.
Saturday 8 September
This year’s event will take place at
Widnes Cricket Club, Beaconsfield Road, Widnes WA8 9LA on Saturday
8 September 2012, between 7:30 pm and 11:30 pm and will be
rather different to past events.
There will be a top class hot and cold buffet provided,
with vegetarian options, rather than a sit-down meal. Musical
entertainment will be provided by The Searchies (note the spelling!!)
who are a Liverpool based ‘60s tribute band. We are sure that our
members will enjoy their music which will no doubt remind them of a time
when they were perhaps just a little younger!
Tickets are priced at £17.50 each and are available from:
Kevin Price, 21 Lawson Close, Woolston, Warrington WA1 4EG.
Please make cheques payable to ‘DAPS’ and also enclose
a stamped addressed envelope for return of your tickets.
Please join us to have an enjoyable night out which also
raise funds for our ‘Full Steam Ahead Campaign’.
For those wishing to stay overnight, there are several
reasonably priced hotels in close proximity to Widnes Cricket Club,
including a Premier Inn and a Travelodge.
Annual General Meeting
Sunday 9 September 2012
This year’s Annual General Meeting will also be held at
Widnes Cricket Club, Beaconsfield Road, Widnes WA8 9LA starting at
11:00 am prompt. Agenda papers will be despatched to all members during
This will be your opportunity to question members of the
DAPS Council, hear reports from the principal officers and, just maybe,
offer yourself for election to our Council.
Please note that there will not be any event following
APRIL 11, 2012
WEB SITE CHANGES
Your web master has received notification of changes
to be made by our web hosting company 1 & 1 Internet to be implemented
between April 23 and 27.
Between those dates the web site may be off line for a
period whilst the hosting company upgrades its severs from Windows
Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008.
As part of this migration the hosting company will
cease to support Microsoft Front Page Extensions (FPE), this is due to
the fact that Microsoft ceased supporting FPE during 2006 when
Expressions Web became the standard Microsoft web editing software.
The ending of support for FPE has necessitated some
changes to the DAPS web site. To pre-empt the changes FPE was switched
off on April 10, this was to enable your web master to identify the
elements of the site which had to be changed to ensure the site
continues to work after April 27.
As it stands the following features have been removed:
- - navigation link bars which appeared in the
margins - please use the menu at the top of the page.
- - page counters have been removed from each page.
A new external counter and Cluster Map feature have been added to
the home page.
- - the site search function has been removed and
replaced by a Google search engine customised for the web site.
- - the original guest book no longer functions and
has been removed for now - but it may be possible to use an external
Hopefully everything has been done which needs to be
done at this end to facilitate a smooth change over. It is just a case
of waiting to see what happens once the hosting company has completed
the changes at the end of the month.
- John H. Luxton
MARCH 23, 2012
The eccentrics have now been
refitted to both engines.
Each cylinder has a set
connected to the ends of the crankshaft and as the crankshaft rotates
they move the valves allowing steam to enter the cylinders at the right
time depending on the position of the pistons.
Eccentrics come in three parts, the pulley, the strap and the rod. The
pulley is bolted and keyed to the crankshaft and the strap fits round
the pulley and is free to rotate. The bottom of the rod is bolted to the
strap and the top fits onto the valve quadrant.
The pulley is offset on the
crankshaft so as it rotates inside the strap, it causes the strap to
oscillate up and down, this motion is transferred to the rod which in
turn operates the valve allowing steam to enter either the top of the
cylinder to push the piston down or the bottom of the cylinder to push
the piston up.
Just to complicate matters there are two eccentrics to each cylinder,
one for ahead, the other for astern, so in total we have eight. Both
eccentrics are identical but their pulleys are bolted onto the
crankshafts in different positions so the timing of the valve
movement is changed.
The ahead/astern eccentrics
are selected by moving the valve quadrant this causes the valves to
change the flow of steam from the top of the cylinder to the bottom or
The Hunslet Steam Co. refurbished the pulleys and straps for us and we
renewed all the bearings that connect the rods to the quadrants.
- John Hake
A pair of pulleys and straps
ready to be taken on board
A pair of pulleys and straps
fitted to the high pressure end of a crankshaft.
Another view of a pulley and
strap with the rod bolted to the strap.
Looking down onto the straps
and rods, this is the low pressure end of a crankshaft
The ahead and astern
eccentrics fitted to the high pressure end of the port engine
The ahead and astern
eccentrics fitted to the low pressure end of the starboard engine
The top of the rods connecting
to the valve quadrant, the quadrant is moved to position the desired
eccentric into the vertical position
A close up of the new bearings
that connect the rod to the quadrant.
A view looking down on the
quadrant, as neither rod is in the vertical position and in line with
the valve spindle, it is half way between ahead and astern.
MARCH 17, 2012
DAPS FEATURES ON BBC WEBWISE FILM
Learning has created a series of films looking at the lives of people
who live or work along the banks of The Manchester Ship Canal.
the films examines how they use computer-based technology to help
improve their lives. From the father and daughter karting team and
ethnic restaurants to fishermen and maths tutors, the series follows the
canal from the docks of Liverpool to the heart of Salford and meet some
people with fascinating stories to tell.
series proves that everyone can make use of modern technology to make
the most of their talents and interests; whether it’s through a mobile
phone, online blog, website or a community magazine.
BBC WebWise is an online resource for anyone who wants to learn more about
computers, the internet and mobile technology. It guides beginners
step-by-step through modern technology, from learning the basics to
creating a blog or website.
HERE TO VIEW]
FEBRUARY 24, 2012
NEW FACES TO
HELP BRING TOP TUG-TENDER BACK TO LIFE
ambitious plan to restore Britain’s last steam – powered tug tender,
Daniel Adamson, to working order has taken an important step forward
with two key appointments. These consultants will focus on the Daniel
Adamson Preservation Society’s broader social impact to help it gain the
crucial Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Round 1 approval.
The project’s future development
task plan and volunteering plan guidance will be drafted by Cara
MacMahon, a cultural consultant and trustee of Brunel’s SS Great
The society’s activity/outreach
plan will be scrutinised by Kate Rodenhurst, former head of community
partnerships at National Museums Liverpool.
If the HLF Round 1 application is
successful (plus a request for development funding), further
consultant’s will be hired to help take the project through to a new HLF
Round 2 application. The Daniel Adamson Preservation Society (DAPS) made
these appointments after its earlier HLF application for £2.8m was
turned down last September. It is now working very hard to submit a
fresh application for Round 1. This will be a major milestone in
returning this unique 1903 Birkenhead-built coal-fired ship to public
service on the Rivers Mersey and Weaver and The Manchester Ship
The revised application will
include a clearer outline of the project and how it will apply for
further development funding. The DAPS management team met HLF officers
in November 2011, to address any shortcomings in the previous
application. DAPS also consulted other bodies for advice, such as
National Historic Ships UK and local authority external funding
The society considered it
essential to use some of its limited financial resources to engage
professional assistance from independent consultants. This has been
supplemented with the award of a £1000 grant from National Historic
Ships. A keen advocate of returning Daniel Adamson to public service,
National Historic Ships lists the steam ship on its Core Collection
register of the country’s most important vessels.
Dan Cross, DAPS chairman, said:
“The appointment of Cara and Kate, as professional advisors, will ensure
we can strengthen and build on our previous application. We are so lucky
that our regular team of dedicated volunteers have carried on regardless
of the delay, and our membership continues to grow.”
“If the Round 1 application is
successful this year, we hope to submit a new Round 2 application by the
middle of next year, to coincide with the Daniel Adamson’s 110th
This month is the eighth
anniversary of DAPS, formed in February 21, 2004 when the Daniel Adamson
was bought from Manchester Ship Canal Company for £1, thereby saving the
ship from the scrapyard.
For Media Relations enquiries
please contact Peter Elson on -07717 733 257 Or e-mail him at :
For other enquiries please
contact the Chairman, Dan Cross on 07979 865 391 or e-mail him
For Membership enquiries please
contact John Broomby, Membership Secretary on: 0161-969-2903 or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org Membership enquiries can also be sent
to him at: 28 Brookfield Drive, Timperley, Altrincham, Cheshire WA15 6QR
- Dan Cross, Chairman
Daniel Adamson Preservation Society
FEBRUARY 04, 2012
LINK TO THE FUTURE
The next part of the rebuild
was to assemble and fit the four reversing quadrants and the eight drag
The quadrants fit into a
slide block on the end of the valve stems and are operated by the drag
The drag links connect the
wyper arm to the quadrant, so when the reversing engine is operated, the
wyper arm rotates which will move both the high pressure and low
pressure cylinder quadrants so the correct eccentrics are used to
operate the valves.
Each bearing on the end of
the drag link has been replaced with newly cast ones made out of Gun
Metal, there are eight drag links with a bearing on each end, so that
makes 16 bearings in total.
The bearings come in two
halves, a plain one and the other with an integral oil box. Each bearing
was machined to a common size that was slightly undersized and we then
created matching pairs by measuring each pin diameter and boring
out the bearing to fit.
- John Hake
One of the four valve stems,
showing the bearing that holds the quadrant slide block.
A quadrant slide block fitted
in the bearing on the bottom of the valve stem.
A quadrant, the slide block
fits in between the two arms and the drag links connect to the centre
One of the 8 drag links with
new bearings fitted to both ends
The full set of four quadrants
and their corresponding drag links assembled and ready for fitting (the
fourth one is on the floor, under the table)
A quadrant fitted in its slide
One end of the drag link is
connected to the wyper arm
Another view of the wyper arm
The other end of the drag link
connects to the centre pin on the quadrant
Close up of one of the drag
JANUARY 26, 2012
ADAMSON LOTTERY SYNDICATE
A National Lottery Syndicate has been established to win funds for
the restoration of the Daniel Adamson. The syndicate will split all
wins 50-50 between the DAPS Restoration funds and the individual syndicate
Three and four number wins will be retained in the
syndicate member accounts.
Five, 5 plus and 6 number jackpot wins will be
distributed between DAPS and syndicate members.
All entries will be lucky dips.
Tickets will be bought for the Saturday draw only and
will equal the number of paid up syndicate members. The minimum payment
is £5 per syndicate member.