Historic tug steams into Salford

A World War serving steam tug is now open to the public on Salford Quays to celebrate its centenary year.

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  1. Nicholas Bieber

Historic tugboat steams into Salford

Kerne at Salford's Media City Credit: Nicholas Bieber

A World War serving steam tug is now open to the public on Salford Quays to celebrate its centenary year.

The operators of the 1913 vessel 'Kerne' are offering the public a visit on-board to gain an insight into the life and hardships the crew had to endure.

The tug's career includes serving in both World Wars and working up and down the Ship Canal between the Liverpool and Manchester Docks.

It is believed to be the only fully operational coal fired steam vessel afloat that worked these waters and is the last commercial steam tug to work on the Mersey.

It is also one of a small number of vessels granted the National Historic Fleet status.

When it retired in 1971, The Steam Tug Kerne Preservation Society acquired the tug for preservation.

Kerne set to be an attraction on her visit to Salford Credit: Nicholas Bieber

Alan Hickson, the tug's engineer for 40 years, said: "What better place to bring her for her centenary celebrations this year than her own stomping ground at the Manchester Ship Canal."

The display is open to the public on most days from 10am-15:30pm up to 26 August on Bank Holiday Monday, when it will return to the Maritime Museum in Liverpool.

For more information about the steam tug, you can visit their website www.tugkerne.co.uk

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