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Maid of the Loch's 'Lost' Seat Restored

The wooden bench seat that was found lying on the bottom of Loch Lomond under paddle steamer Maid of the Loch, has been fully restored and is back in use once more.

John Beveridge, Director of the Loch Lomond Steamship Company, the charity that owns the Maid, said:

“The seat was found by our diver a year ago, and our volunteers helped to drag it out of the loch and back on to the Maid. Since then, it has been drying out and has been lovingly restored to its original condition".

The seat’s chief restorer is local man Hamish Teaz, who has been a Maid volunteer for many years, and who actually saw her being launched in 1953.

Hamish said: “We believe it was “lost” over the side before the charity took ownership in 1996, and it is an original deck seat from 1953. It’s great to find this and put it back into use”.

The Maid of the Loch, Balloch, is open from 11am to 5pm each day until 18 October - admission is free.

John added: “This weekend, 26 to 28 September, is the last “In Steam” days for the Balloch Steam Slipway, so don’t blow it by missing out on blowing our steam whistle for the last time in 2015!”

Further Information:

Photograph shows Hamish Teaz sitting on his restored seat, 16th September 2015.

 - Maid of the Loch was built in 1953 and last sailed in 1981. She has been tied up at Balloch ever since.

 - The Maid has been owned by the Loch Lomond Steamship Company, a charity registered in Scotland No. SC 024062, since 1996. There is no paid staff, everyone is a volunteer.  

- LLSC's aim is to return the Maid to steam operation on Loch Lomond. This month an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund was successful, and the charity has received a package worth £230,000 in a Round 1 pass. HLF have promised £3.8 million if LLSC can raise the other £1.7 million.

Further information from John Beveridge 0755 282 2251.

Director, Loch Lomond Steamship Company

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