Immediate Release –
April 04, 2004
Tug – Tender “Daniel Adamson” Sails to
tug-tender “Daniel Adamson” is to be moved from the
Boat Museum Ellesmere Port to
during the week beginning April 05.
move will be undertaken on or after Tuesday [April 06] following the completion
of the necessary formalities. The vessel has been cleared by a marine surveyor
for the tow across the
though this is subject to certain weather restrictions.
“Daniel Adamson” will be towed to Eastham Lock by
tugs. From Eastham, across the
, towage will be undertaken by Svitzer Marine, two of a
number of companies and individuals who have supported the project to date.
is an historic voyage for the “Daniel Adamson” as it is believed to be the
first time that she has left the waters of the
in 60 years.
the tug will be dry docked by North Western Shipbuilders
and Ship Repairers at Clarence Graving Docks where a full survey of the vessel
will be undertaken.
contact Dan Cross or Tony Hirst for details of the exact date and time of
movement – see contact information below.
“Daniel Adamson” is a unique twin screw
steam tug-tender constructed for the
and Railway Company by the Tranmere Bay Development Company
in 1903. She is listed on the National Register of Historic
Vessels and is the sole survivor of her type.
Originally named “Ralph Brocklebank” the
vessel was purchased by the Manchester Ship Canal Company in 1921 where she
served as the company’s hospitality tender carrying guests and dignitaries on
official tours of the canal until late 1984 when she was retired from service.
Since then she has been a static exhibit at the
The Daniel Adamson Preservation Society, a not
for profit organisation, was formed on 21st February 2004 with the
aim of saving this historic vessel and restoring her
to her former glory and to see her active again within the Cheshire and
The Society would like to acknowledge the
support of Svitzer Marine, The Manchester Ship Canal Company, North Western Ship
Builders and Repairers, Liverpool Pilots and the Mersey Docks and Harbour
Company and a number of other organisations and individuals.
Details of the Daniel Adamson Preservation
Society can be obtained from Patrick Crecraft – 8, Newlands, Naseby,
Northampton NN6 6DE Tel: 01604 740144
High Resolution Images of the “Daniel
Adamson” in operating condition  and in her current condition are
available for download at: http://www.irishseashipping.com/danieladamson/dapsres/dapsres.htm
Adamson Preservation Society Contacts:
Tony Hirst, 39,
Cross - 17 Cedardale Park, Barrows Green,
Society Secretary / Membership
Crecraft – 8, Newlands,