The Barge Run
Enjoy a relaxing steam cruise on an iconic Liverpool Steam Ship from Liverpool City Centre, across The River Mersey into leafy Cheshire, along the Manchester Ship Canal and on to the picturesque River Weaver.
The Daniel Adamson 1903 steam ship offers a unique way to travel across The River Mersey into Cheshire on a cruise known as “The Barge Run” because of the route it takes which echoes the busy, commercial routes which would have been taken in the heyday of cargo vessels.
The Danny, as the fascinating ship is known, will leave from Canning Dock, at Albert Dock and travel to Sutton Weaver Swing Bridge near Frodsham in Cheshire. The cruise leaves at 12.30 and will last 4 hours.*
ROUTE HISTORY - The last commercial cargoes carried on the Weaver was grain which was transported by barge, usually the 1930’s barge “Panary” between Liverpool’s Royal Seaforth grain terminal and the sight of the former Frodsham Mill at Sutton Quay on the old river. This traffic was a regular sight once or twice a week until around 2015 when the trade switched to Runcorn docks.
Frodsham has a long association with barge traffic and in the 70’s and into the 1980’s several barges at once could be observed there waiting to discharge their cargo or to take a cargo to Liverpool or Warrington so join us for this cruise down memory lane and leave the historic setting of the Albert Dock as we depart through Canning Lock into the River Mersey where we will travel in steam powered, Art Deco splendor taking in the sights along this often busy river as we sail south towards the entrance of the Manchester Ship Canal at Eastham.
We will enter through the Eastham lock system and spend a couple of hours on the Manchester Ship Canal before we turn off and join the Weaver Navigation to our destination at Sutton Weaver.
SHIP HISTORY – The Daniel Adamson steam ship, or The Danny as its affectionately known, is 15th on the register of National Historic Ships and has been restored with the help from The Heritage Lottery Fund, the expertise of Cammell Lairds and a team of enthusiastic volunteers.
The ship was once used as a VIP passenger vessel by the owners of The Manchester Ship Canal and includes beautiful Art Deco saloons which would have hosted many celebrations and have now been recreated from photographs from 1936, including original chairs, tables, an Art Deco bar and even matching carpets and fabrics.
Passengers are welcome to bring along their own picnics, but catering, a bar and hot drinks are available on the ship.
*Our coach will return you to the Albert Dock following your cruise.