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Daniel Adamson Preservation Society Published: February 21, 2018
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Practical Experience
Hands On
General & Helping
Suitable for under 18s


The Daniel Adamson is a remarkable survivor from the steam age and a most unusual vessel. A small but incredibly powerful canal tug, she was built to tow long strings of barges laden with goods from the inland towns of Cheshire and the Potteries to the great seaport of 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. It will be sailing up the Weaver and the Manchester Ship Canal from the National Waterways Museum throughout the summer.


  • To ensure a correct supply of coal to the fireman and to assist the fireman in the operation of the boiler and associated machinery
  • To keep the boiler room clean and tidy
  • To oil and grease working machinery as required
  • To assist in bunkering all fuel


  • To be reasonably fit to work in a hot environment and to be able to carry out physical work
  • To be conversant with the working of the boiler and boiler room machinery
  • Be capable of communicating with others
  • Be comfortable volunteering within a group

Number of Hours:

  • Full day sailing (approx. 8 hours)
  • Mon - Sun
  • Report to: Senior Operator

Training and Support:

Induction, Fire Awareness, Customer Service, Health & Safety, First Aid, Food Hygiene

Benefits: Develop new and existing skills, Share skills with others and to help them develop and to preserve those skills for future generations, Educate others in the working and history of a unique working museum, Meet new people


Volunteers will be able to participate for as few or as many sessions as they wish, although it is hoped that volunteers will wish to participate on an ongoing basis

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