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.

During AND Festival 2021 the Daniel Adamson was moored at: Telfords Quay, S Pier Rd, Ellesmere Port CH65 4FL