And the view from astern
Lomond Duchess sailed north affording her passengers good views of the spectacular autumnal scene.
southern end of
ever wondered what the directors of major steamship companies get up to in the
off season, all is revealed. Dr Joe McKendrick, aboard Lomond Duchess today,
has been a director of the Waverley Steam Navigation Company and Waverley
Excursions Ltd since the earliest days of preservation and is currently deputy
chairman of Waverley Steam. Many will know that Dr Joe has been responsible for
But where did you get that hat, Joe? Actually this was a gift from a well known confectionary supplier as a thank you for particularly high sales aboard the paddler. Joe had asked for a brolly but this is what he got. You will note that Joe's horns are drooping somewhat - due to the ambient temperature on the loch, I think.
(The real story is that he was at a Halloween party last night and forgot to take it off). Anyway, Joe's immense support of the preservation effort is something we are all very conscious of.
spectacular autumn tints on
This is part of the natural vegetation on the
Balmaha had to be abandoned due to the
very low level of the loch following the
very dry summer of 2003.
Instead of Balmaha Lomond Duchess made a brief call at Luss for a run ashore - it wasn't difficult to obey the prohibitive notice on the pier
back to Luss from the 'Duchess’ as she leaves to head back to Balloch. the two boats
operate short excursions on the
Lomond Duchess was passing Rossdhu House, which was built for Sir James
Colquhoun, the 19th baronet of Luss, the Chief of Clan Colquhoun. Rossdhu means
'black headland'. The spectacular Georgian mansion is accredited to the famous
architect Robert Adam. The house, built in 1773, was the home of the Colquhoun
chiefs until a few years ago when it became the clubhouse and hotel of the
(below) from Lomond Duchess as she heads back into the Leven, the focus of the
day, the Maid herself, beckons us for lunch.
In the background is the dubious
fine sailing on Lomond we were ready for our lunch on the Maid of the Loch and
following the superb meal, the vessel's 50th anniversary was commemorated by
the presentation of a cheque for £500 by PSPS Scottish Branch Chairman Deryk
Docherty (right in picture below) to Colin Paterson, Chairman of the Loch
Lomond Steamship Company (left).
Mr Paterson thanked the PSPS for its long term support of the Maid project. He noted the Scottish Branch's wish that this donation be used to restore or replace some of the heritage fittings of the vessel (e.g. the steam whistle) when she resumes sailing on the loch.
Paterson remarked on the recent setback when the Heritage Lottery Fund approved
the application for restoration of the Balloch steam patent slipway (necessary
for the Maid project to advance further) but could not support it financially
through lack of funds. It was indicated that the application will be
reconsidered next year. He re-iterated his determination to get Maid of the
cranks of Maid of the
Preserved in Maid of the Loch's newly restored forward lower deck saloon, is the wheel of the Denny-built former Loch Awe / Clyde / West Highland and Loch Lomond motor ship Countess of Breadalbane / Countess of Kempock / Countess Fiona which was destroyed on Balloch slip a few years ago. Hastie’s of Greenock, the renowned steering gear manufacturer, made the wheel
the Loch's Jubilee was celebrated with style and panache. My long held view, that the best way to see
the justly renowned bonnie banks of Loch Lomond are from the decks of a
steamer, was confirmed and enforced. The Maid must sail again.
Warmest thanks to PSPS Scottish Branch Secretary Gordon Wilson for organising a wonderful day.
Glasgow, 2 November 2003.