The S.S. Daniel Adamson (“the “Danny”) has announced that its 2019 programme of cruising and events will be mostly based on the River Weaver with this historic 116 year old steam ship sailing between Sutton Weaver near Frodsham and Anderton Lift Lock in Northwich. Public cruises will vary from two and a half hours up to four and a half hours with a repeat of speciality gin themed events which were a sell out in 2018. Real ale cruises will be introduced for the first time in 2019.
Coal fired and steam driven, she was to survive active service in two world wars working until 1984 when she was withdrawn. Saved from the scrap yard with only hours to spare in 2004 the “Danny” was restored to her original 1936 condition in a £5million project partly funded by Heritage Lottery Fund grants. Now owned by a charity and manned by volunteers she is registered on the National Historic Ships Register in the same elite group as the Cutty Sark and S.S.Great Britain.
Great Canal Journeys
The importance of the vessel and the historic River Weaver were recognised when Timothy West and Prunella Scales asked if they could film a journey down stream taking in the stunning scenery and architecture of the Weaver valley for screening on their popular Great Canal Journeys T.V.series. Joining the vessel by the A49 at Acton Bridge, the famous theatrical couple filmed and visited every part of the ship talking to customers and volunteers with Tim even steering the boat for a short distance.
Warrington Volunteer Support for education projects
Volunteer support is vital to heritage projects and many of the “Danny” volunteers live in the Warrington area but being now based on the Weaver many new people have joined form the south Warrington and Frodsham areas. Ornithologists who normally monitor birdlife on the New Cut Canal and Paddington Meadows now regularly pass on their expertise to school children on educational cruises along the river.
Sheila Leonard (membership secretary said “ The support we have had on the Weaver is very encouraging; Canal & River trust have dredged the river so we can cruise to Anderton Lift Lock , we have had more interest and volunteers from the local population whilst bookings for cruises on the vessel have risen dramatically”
The cruising programme began in May 2019, see website www.thedanny.co.uk for details and one way cruises include a coach journey.
The vessel is open at weekends with free admission and a guided tour, donations being welcome; again see the website for berthing location. There are special arrangements for groups both when cruising and berthed with expert talks and refreshment packages.
The vessel is also available for corporate hire and family occasions.