the Daniel Adamson

The Daniel Adamson, a historic 115-year-old Mersey-built steamboat operating on the Manchester Ship Canal, is the last surviving steam tug still in operation in the UK.

A small but incredibly powerful canal tug, she was built in 1903 to tow long strings of barges laden with goods from the inland towns of Cheshire and the Potteries to the great seaport of Liverpool. Originally named Ralph Brocklebank, she made her appearance on the Mersey at a time when old-fashioned sailing ships still jostled for space on the Liverpool waterfront with the great steamships and ocean liners of the Edwardian era.

The Daniel Adamson has sailed into the elite ranks of the National Historic Fleet – the maritime version of Grade I listed building status – alongside vessels of national significance such as the Cutty Sark, HMS Victory and SS Great Britain.

The Daniel Adamson will be moored at: Telfords Quay, S Pier Rd, Ellesmere Port CH65 4FL

Telford Quays is 0.2 miles from the National Waterways Museum. We advise that you follow signs to the Museum to make your journey to the Quay easier. There is no parking available at Telfords Quay. Please park at the National Waterways Museum car park which is free and a member of the AND team will be on hand to direct you.

Google Maps from the National Waterways Museum to Telfords Quay:


From junction 9 on the M53 follow brown signs for ‘The Boat Museum’. We advise that you park at the National Waterways Museum and walk the 0.2 miles along the canal to Telfords Quay.


The nearest train station is Ellesmere Port which is a 10 mins walk to National Waterways Museum. There is a Merseyrail half-hourly service from central Liverpool and stations in Wirral.


The towpath alongside the Shropshire Union Canal runs right up to the National Waterways Museum.


The nearest stop is Ellesmere Port bus station which is a 20 mins walk to National Waterways Museum.  There are a wide range of services including from Caernarfon, Chester, Liverpool, Neston, Runcorn and Wirral.

We advise that you arrive at least 15 minutes before embarkation time. Please bring your ticket on your phone or as a print out.

For full details about local bus and train services please visit Mersey Travel journey planner.