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Iconic steam ship on view at Anderton Boat Lift


THE iconic steam ship Daniel Adamson – affectionately known as The Danny – will dock at the historic Anderton Boat Lift in Cheshire today – and will be offering river cruises and selected free guided tours.
The unique Danny is a 1903 steam ship and is the oldest operational Mersey-built boat anywhere in the world. It is also an Art Deco masterpiece.
Cruise visitors will enjoy commentary about The Danny’s history, including intriguing stories behind the steam ship and its impact on marine and social history. There will also be information about the ship’s restoration and how its Art Deco interiors have been recreated from original 1936 photos.
Visitors to the Danny will be given a free guided tour by one of its volunteers and will be shown the engine rooms, will take a look at the wheelhouse and will see the ship’s beautiful Art Deco saloons.
Depending on the day, cruises can be boarded at either the Anderton Boat Lift or at Acton Bridge Marina, just 15 minutes’ drive away (buses will be provided). The Danny is berthed opposite the Leigh Arms Pub.
Tomorrow, Saturday, there will be free guided tours of The Danny from 11am tg 4pm and on Sunday, there will be cruises between Acton Bridge and Sutton Weaver along the River Weaver, via the Anderton Boat Lift
The Anderton Boat Lift is part of the Canal and River Trust Charity and is widely known as the “Cathedral of the Canals”. It is the world’s first successful boat lift and is a Scheduled Ancient Monument with the same protection status as Stonehenge. The Lift, built in 1875, is still in operation today, floating boats between the River Weaver and the Trent & Mersey Canal. It is a monument to high Victorian engineering.
Channel 4’s Great Canal Journeys will feature The Danny on Sunday October 28. The programme is hosted by Prunella Scales, Tim West and, in this episode, their actor son, Sam West.


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