WATCH for all the highlights from Steam on the Dock at Albert Dock
Steam on the Dock returned for 2017 with over 30 steam engines, boats and even a train making Albert Dock their home for the weekend.
This year saw plenty of new additions to the Steam on the Dock line up. New for 2017 was the Steam tug Kerne – a stunning, Titanic-era steamship – made her Steam on the Dock debut. Built in 1912, Kerne has a long history with Liverpool, in 1971 becoming the last coal-fired steamer to work on the Mersey. Since then she has been saved from scrap and preserved as an operational steamship, and is now the last remaining Naval, coal-fired steamship to have seen service in two world wars, still in operation today.
Visitors were also treated to a steam showcase around Salthouse Dock, with a cavalry of steam engines, traditional brewer’s dray cart and shire horses, and a marching band. This year’s festival welcomed even more land-based engines and miniatures to the Dock than ever before, a variety of classic steam narrowboats courtesy of the Steam Boat Association, and a historic fairground organ
Returning for 2017, the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways brought along Palmerston, a fully operational steam train, which shuttled visitors up and down a track for a ride along Hartley Quay. Built in 1864, the beautiful Palmerston was once deemed beyond repair, but thanks to a team of devotees and a long restoration, re-entered service in 1993.
And that’s not all! The Daniel “Danny” Adamson – a highlight from 2016 – threw open her grand decks once again for the public to explore. And Mattel Play! Liverpool joined in on the celebration, with free story times with none other than The Fat Controller inside the attraction on The Colonnades, with special performances from his mischievous sidekicks, Rusty and Dusty!
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