On Saturday 14 October, the Lion Salt Works Museum will host a free talk about The Daniel Adamson (affectionally known as The Danny), a 1903 steam ship restored with the help of £3.8m from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The ship is unique because it is the oldest, operational Mersey-built ship anywhere in the world. The talk, given by volunteers will include stories about the intriguing story behind the steam ship and its impact on maritime and social history as well as the story of its restoration to reveal its Art Deco interiors which have been recreated from original 1936 photographs. The talk is free and will take place between 2-3pm at the Museum’s historic Thompson Suite. There is free parking. For more information contact: 01606 275038
Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing, Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “For much of next year, The Danny will be moored at nearby Acton Bridge, about a 15-minute drive away from the Museum. There is already a huge amount of interest in this historic steam ship and I am sure this will grow when it reaches its new mooring. For those who haven’t seen it, the ship is a remarkable survivor from the steam age and is very evocative of a by-gone. I am sure this free talk will be really fascinating and we welcome everyone along.”
The Daniel Adamson was built at Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead in 1903. She is a small, powerful canal tug, built to tow long strings of barges laden with goods from the inland towns of Cheshire and the Potteries to Liverpool. 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.
Les Green, Trustee from Daniel Adamson Preservation Society said: “We are delighted to be talking about The Danny at the Museum as looking ahead 2018 will be our first year offering cruises to the public and we will be concentrating on cruises along the beautiful River Weaver.
The Lion Salt Works Museum is one of the last open-pan, salt-making sites in the World and is an Ancient Scheduled Monument. It tells the story of salt through fun, interactive displays and has won eight awards since opening in June 2015, after a four-year £10m refurbishment, including the National Lottery’s ‘Best Heritage Project 2016’. The restoration by Cheshire West and Chester Council was made possible thanks to a £5 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.