About the Daniel Adamson

For many years the historic Mersey tug-tender Daniel Adamson was laid up in the ship dock at the Boat Museum, Ellesmere Port.

She was built by the Tranmere Bay Development Co. (a fore-runner to the now famous Cammell Lairds) in 1903 for an Ellesmere Port-Liverpool passenger ferry and barge towing service, she was later sold to the Manchester Ship Canal in 1921, as a tug, and with a new art deco double decker saloon she acted as the directors' inspection vessel.

She is a significant historic vessel having the capability to perform both towage duties and carry passengers.

During February 2004, the intention of her owners (the Manchester Ship Canal Company) to break her up became known. This led to the formation of the Daniel Adamson Preservation Society the same year, whose aim is to restore her to public service, sailing from Liverpool Cruise Terminal, or the city centre Canning Dock all over the Mersey, Weaver and Ship Canal.

Since 2004 the Daniel Adamson Preservation Society (DAPS) has made great progress towards reaching its goal of returning the vessel to operation condition. She has been dry docked twice and volunteers have given thousands of hours to the project.

Work has already started at Liverpool's Huskisson Dock, with river trials and public sailings planned once the project is complete.

This Mersey region project page will keep you updated on how the restoration project is progressing.

Heritage Lottery Fund support

In October 2012, DAPS were jubilant to report that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) had received initial support for a £3m bid, including development funding of £37,000 to assist the Society's work towards a second-round application in 2013.

Paul Atterbury, DAPS president and Antiques Roadshow expert said: "I am so pleased to hear that the HLF Round One applicatoin 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 bit step nearer to reality."

Louise 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."

News - Feb 2018: Liverpool City Region Awards

The team at Daniel Adamson have been shortlisted for a tourism award, but they need your help.  They have been shortlisted as The Best Newcomer to the Visitor Economy in Liverpool. The winner will be announced in May at St George's Hall.
Nominations for the first round of the People’s Choice Award are now open and nominations are welcome up to Friday 23rd March 2018. You can vote by completing a short entry form online.

News - July 2017:Daniel Adamson wins Regional Flagship of the Year Award for the North West 

Earlier this month, National Historic Ships UK were pleased to present historic vessel Daniel Adamson with her Regional Flagship of the Year Award.  

Following  eight  successful  years  of  very  different  kinds  of  vessels  from  around  the  UK winning this award, National Historic Ships UK has again  awarded Regional Flagship awards to recognise the commitment that many vessels give to their home cruising grounds. 

In announcing the winners Hannah Cunliffe, Director of National Historic Ships UK, said:

“I am delighted that we are able to offer these Awards once more and publicise the range of cruising programmes which these vessels are planning for the coming season.  Our four 2017 Regional Flagships have all shown their enthusiasm for raising the profile of UK maritime heritage at the events they are attending and we look forward to working closely with them in the months ahead.”

The Award criteria requires vessel owners to come forward with seasonal programmes to engage the public through festivals, demonstrations, on-board cruises, quayside visits, educational programmes, participation in races and similar activities. Flagships are expected to promote actively the role of National Historic Ships UK by distributing associated PR material and flying the flag as our ambassadors.

The four Regional Flagships will each receive a grant of £250 to be spent on the vessel, along with a special Regional Flagship Broad Pennant denoting the year in which the award was made.

Daniel Adamson (Regional Flagship of the Year 2017 for the North-West) won for her commitment  to  education  and engagement with  the  North-West’s  maritime  heritage involving an intensive series of visits extending to Ellesmere Port, Liverpool, and Lymm. 


Daniel Adamson