Loch Lomond Steamship Company
The last build paddle steamer in Britain sitting on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. Open to the public & available for hire.
Assembled in the Glasgow shipyard of A&J Inglis, the Paddle Steamer Maid of the Loch was first of all bolted together and then taken apart, transported to her new home in Balloch on rail wagons and reassembled on the Balloch Slipway before her launch into the sparkling waters of Loch Lomond on Thursday 5th March 1953.
Licensed to carry 1,000 passengers, she was the largest paddle steamer to sail on Loch Lomond and was host to royal guests and celebrities as well as three million day-trippers during her 28 years on the water. Many of these people have very cherished memories of sailing on the Maid and many more know of the ship by hearing about these memories from older friends and relatives. Dates, engagements, weddings and wakes – the Maid has hosted them all!
After receiving £950,000 from the Scottish Government, the ship now has two fully restored and beautiful event rooms. Each with new windows, heating and insulation making these rooms perfect for hire all year round. We were also successful in getting the engines turning the for the first time in 39 years! Now we are offering visitors the chance to see this unique experience with our In Steam days. See our website for specific dates.