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The Daniel Adamson Association Project, Liverpool.

The Daniel Adamson Preservation Society is the volunteer led group of enthusiasts behind the £5 million restoration project that has returned the ‘Danny’ an old steamboat built in 1903, to the rivers and canals of the North West.

Jacob Furniture were approached by the Daniel Adamson Preservation Society, (along with two other furniture makers) with a view to us re-producing occasional tables and upholstered armchairs, exact copies of the originals, the detail of which was only available from photographs taken during the boats’ hay days during the Art Deco period.

We were successful in our bid for the contract and work began in August 2015. Due to the experience, knowledge of furniture history, skills and facilities at our disposal, we produced exact copies of the original tables and chairs which now grace the saloon bar of the Daniel Adamson.

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Warrington Guardian Editorial

‘Beautiful’ art deco boat the Daniel Adamson restored with help from Warrington company Jacob Furniture.


A ‘BEAUTIFUL old boat’ has been brought back to life with the help of a Warrington company.

The Daniel Adamson, a 100ft long tug boat that was converted into an art deco ‘party boat’, was set to be broken up before enthusiasts managed to save it from the scrapheap.

A huge restoration project by the Daniel Adamson Preservation Society has been ongoing for the last 12 years and Stockton Heath company Jacob Furniture has remade the furniture of the historic boat, which was originally launched in 1903.

Andrew Ward, director of the Causeway Avenue-based company, said: “It’s a beautiful old boat and an interesting piece of local history.

“Daniel Adamson was the man who owned the Manchester Ship Canal and he had the boat refurbished as a party boat with lovely art deco interiors.

“Over time it fell into disrepair and was left abandoned with vandals getting in to it and it was on its way to be scrapped.

“But the preservation group had betters thoughts and managed to buy it and have restored it over the last 12 years.”

He added: “It was a little bit of a challenge as it’s all been handmade to the exact specification and the fabric has been replicated to a remarkable similarity.”

“We had a sample of a table and one of the original armchairs but we weren’t allowed to go near it and had to do it from photographs.”

The Daniel Adamson has now been relaunched and will be a fully-operational venue for events and weddings and a hub for the education of youngsters.