The Danny Timeline
The Danny is built in Birkenhead for the Shropshire Union Railways & Canal Company as a tug tender. Originally named the Ralph Brocklebank, she tows barges and ferries passengers across the River Mersey.
She is bought by the Manchester Ship Canal Company to work as a ship-handling tug. She is also used to take visitors and day-trippers along the canal and around the docks.
The tug is refurbished with a new superstructure, bridge and Art Deco saloons, and renamed the Daniel Adamson in honour of the engineer and driving force behind the Manchester Ship Canal.
The Manchester Ship Canal Company decides the steam-powered tug is too costly, and the Danny sails for the last time under her own steam.
The decaying Danny is set for the breaker’s yard, but local tug skipper Dan Cross launches a last-minute rescue campaign. The Daniel Adamson Preservation Society is set up.
The Danny’s restoration is completed, and she relaunches as a static and cruising visitor attraction at the docks and inland waterways of north-west England where she formerly plied her trade.
The tug packed with passengers waiting to cross the Mersey.
The Ralph Brocklebank belches steam during its canal days.