THE Daniel Adamson Steam Ship, affectionately nicknamed The Danny, was the recipient of an Engineering Heritage Award from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers at a ceremony on Wednesday (December 20)
Launched from Birkenhead in 1903, The Danny is being honoured for being the last operational coal-fired tug in the UK.
Bought for £1 by an enthusiast in 2004 who wanted to save the dilapidated boat from the scrap heap, it was then lovingly restored by a team of dedicated volunteers, with £3.8 million of financial support from The Heritage Lottery Fund and input from the ship repair specialist Cammell Laird.
The luxury liner’s Art Deco interior were recreated from original 1936 photographs and serves as a reminder of the resplendent days when she was used as both a passenger vessel and to tow long strings of barges laden with goods from the inland towns of Cheshire and the Potteries to the great seaport of Liverpool.
After a working life of over 80 years, she has now found a new lease of life as a cruise boat and provides opportunities for visitors to learn about how her operating engines and boilers work.
Previous winners of Engineering Heritage Awards include Alan Turing’s Bombe at Bletchley Park, the E-Type Jaguar and Concorde, the fastest ever airliner. In Northern England, past winners include Cragside, the first house in the world to be lit using hydro-electric power, and the Anderton Boat Lift, another engineering achievement in the history of the Cheshire canals.
The Danny is the 114th recipient of the award.