‘Danny’ showcase for region’s restoration heroes

A FREE exhibition on steamship ‘Danny’ in Liverpool’s Albert Dock will celebrate the North West’s great canal heritage.

This unique event takes place on the weekend of September 21 and 22, when 10 of the leading restoration societies will come together to promote the waterway movement and the benefit of their individual projects.

The venue will be the steamship Daniel Adamson, recently restored in a £5 million National Lottery Heritage Fund-supported project.

The steamship Daniel Adamson. Picture: Janet Richardson

The 10 societies exhibiting come from as far afield as the Lancaster Canal to the north, Montgomery Canal to the south and Manchester, Bolton and Bury to the east.

Experts from the societies will be on hand to explain their current work and exciting plans to bring back into use some of the nation’s important transport history assets.

In the ship’s opulent Art Deco-styled lounge, visitors will be entertained with a full programme of informative presentations from a number of the organisations present, and the Inland Waterways Association and the Canal & River Trust will have stands on the quayside.

Jim Forkin, IWA chairman, Chester & Merseyside, said: “This exciting free event will showcase to the public the work of the societies to bring canals back to life.

“The North West has a history of 250 years of great transport and industrial heritage. Canals such as the Liverpool Link have been proven to increase economic and leisure benefits at a local level.”

Les Green, Daniel Adamson Preservation Society representative, said: “Liverpool was the hub of the north-west waterways network as industry sought a deep water port to sell goods on world markets.

“The Albert Dock had a pivotal role from early days and the ‘Danny’, a 1903 steamship which was a tug on the Manchester Ship Canal, actually delivered the cargoes.”