Liverpool

Historic tug boat unveiled after £3.8m restoration

Daniel Adamson Image copyright Greg Dunbavand
Image caption People are being offered the chance to sail on the vessel after its restoration

A £3.8m project to restore the last remaining steam tug-tender ship in the UK has been completed.

The Daniel Adamson, built in 1903, carried people and livestock between Ellesmere Port and Liverpool before being decommissioned in 1985.

A campaign by the Daniel Adamson Preservation Society (DAPS) saved the Merseyside vessel from being scrapped in 2004.

The society said the only other tug-tender in the UK is not steam-powered.

The Daniel Adamson will offer cruises and private hire, as well as being at Albert Dock as a museum attraction as part of the Steam on the Dock event running on 7-8 May.

Sara Hilton, head of Heritage Lottery Fund North West, which provided funding for the restoration, said: "This is a vessel with a remarkable and important story to tell.

"Lottery players' money has helped to bring it back to life and secure its future."

She added: "Heritage has not only shaped the North West's past, but has a real relevance to the region's future."

Dan Cross, chairman of the Daniel Adamson Preservation Society, said: "Our long-awaited launch is going to be an emotional day for all the volunteers, who have tirelessly campaigned and physically worked on restoring The Danny."

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