The Danny Timeline

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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.

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