At Ellesmere Port, we offer schoolchildren cruises on board the Danny along the Manchester Ship Canal. We are running five of these this year at a very reasonable cost, thanks to generous subsidy from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and as part of a joint learning programme with the National Waterways Museum and Archive.
The cruise is an extraordinary opportunity for children to experience history, geography, and science in a very visceral, immediate and enjoyable way. As they explore, the crew are happy to answer their questions about how the engines work, what the various crew members do, what the Danny did in the past, and what they can see as they steam past.
Their understanding is deepened as they visit the Window on the World exhibition at the National Waterways Museum afterwards and as they explore related historical documents in the National Waterways Archive – maps, aerial photos and other written documents.
Cruises depart from Telford Quay at 10.15 and last 90 minutes. Two school groups of 30 children can travel on each cruise. Depending on shipping on the day, the children will either get a chance to see Eastham Locks and the entrance to the River Mersey, or travel upstream through the busy Stanlow Oil docks towards Ince. Upon return, the children can have lunch and then divide up to take turns visiting the museum and the archive respectively. Download the visit information documents below for full details:
- The Danny visit information for teachers for Ellesmere Port cruises
- The National Waterways Museum visit information for teachers