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Danny flies the flag for Open Days.

Byline: PETER ELSON

IN the fraught world of Merseyside ship preservation, the restoration of the UK's last steampowered tug tender, Daniel Adamson, is a striking success. So deservedly this small vessel is the first ship taking part this Saturday in the UK Heritage Open Days. Truly historic, the "Danny" was built at 1903 in Tranmere for passenger carrying and barge towing linking Ellesmere Port and Liverpool Pier Head. Bought by Manchester Ship Canal, Danny was later its directors' inspection ship and many readers will recall seeing her berthed in Runcorn, with distinctive lime-green upper works. Besides her original steam engines, Danny boasts an amazing art deco two deck saloon, inspired by Cunard's Queen Mary I. Derelict for 20 years, restoration started in 2004. Danny is now in Sandon Dock, off Regent Road. Due to limited space for visitors, booking is essential; call Colin Brogan on tel: 07746 199 844. Sandhill rail station is 10 minutes walk with access via Wellington Dock gate access.

. WELL done to Liverpool Merchant Navy veterans who persuaded the Lord Mayor of London to fly a Red Ensign over Tower Bridge yesterday for Merchant Navy Day.

This is the first time ever that any flag other than the Union Jack has flown from Tower Bridge. Patrick Moran, LMN vets' spokesman, said: "It was organised in two days with help from the Chamber of Shipping and shows what can be done if people get a mind to do it."

. NEXT on to Liverpool Cruise Terminal landing stage will be the five star German liner Deutschland, on Friday, September 18. This was one of the first passenger ships to dock after the facility opened. The big one -Cunard flagship Queen Mary 2 -arrives for her fifth anniversary on October 20.

. THE Band of Royal Marines Commando Training Centre will be in concert at the Philharmonic Hall, Hope Street, Liverpool, on Saturday, September 19, at 7.30pm. Tickets are pounds 15, pounds 20, pounds 25. Tel: 0151 709 3789.

. DISCARDED maritime items in the Cunard Building has been collected in a passenger strong room by building manager Tony Greenall and his assistant Joe Garnett. Stand by for more details.. ANY maritime news? Peter Elson, tel: 0151 472 2502; peter.elson@liverpool.com

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