Ship on the Slip
Written by Phil Briscoe on 23/08/2021
The “Ship on the Slip” opening weekend is to coincide with Loch Lomond’s GO SWIM event.
Maid of the Loch welcomes visitors to the first open weekend of 2021 to celebrate the renowned ship’s move to its newly rebuilt steam slipway carriage where she will remain for some time while essential repairs are carried out. The impressive winch house, built in 1902, will be in regular operation as we mark the arrival of a new visitor attraction; a slipway museum and merchandise space which explores themes from the golden age of Clyde shipbuilding.
Go Swim Loch Lomond are hosting their second wild swimming event in partnership with Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park event on the Saturday; a perfect opportunity to celebrate everything the area has to offer. Wild Highlands Coffee will be providing a special pop-up café for visitor refreshments throughout the event. Maid of the Loch will be open to the public every weekend from Saturday 28th August to the end of October, 11am to 4pm, with volunteer engineers demonstrating the Steam Slip in operation. Ship on the Slip also plan to offer specially guided hard hat tours aboard the paddle steamer throughout the season.
Launched in 1953, The Maid of the Loch was the last paddle steamer to be built on the Clyde (and in Britain). Already a much-loved feature on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, around which she will soon be cruising again. She attracts thousands of visitors every year. Visitors are urged to get along and immerse themselves in the glory days of Scottish industrial and maritime heritage.
Ian Robertson, Chairman of the Loch Lomond Steamship Company said:
“The ‘Ship on the Slip’ is the culmination of the remarkable efforts of our volunteers who rebuilt the ‘carriage’ and is only the second time the ‘Maid’ has been slipped in 40 years.”
“The significance of the slipping cannot be underestimated. It represents a huge step towards ensuring the future of Loch Lomond’s last paddle steamer. We hope the public come to visit this spectacular sight and support the funding of the hull repairs.”
You can make a donation to the Maid of the Loch by clicking here: www.maidoftheloch.org/donate