05/03/2018
Share this story Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

The Maid of the Loch paddle steamer was launched - On this day in history

7786cb9c-8db3-4ff7-a9be-cc734534f716

On 5 March 1953 the Maid of the Loch paddle steamer was launched, the largest ever vessel to be built for an inland waterway in Britain, and the last in a long line of steamers to sail on Loch Lomond, dating back to 1818.

The steamer was built to replace the older ships Princess May and Prince Edward and was so large that after being built at A & J Inglis in Glasgow she was dismantled and re-assembled at the loch. The ship can be visited at Balloch Pier and enthusiasts hope to restore her to her former status as a passenger carrying steamer.

Maid of the Loch statistics

  • Length: 191 feet
  • Breadth: 28.1 feet
  • Speed: 13.75 knots

 

Maid of the Loch, The Pier, Pier Road, Balloch G83 8QX; tel: 01389 711865; visit the Maid of the Loch website.

Read more 'on this day in history' entries.

Back to "Nostalgia" Category

05/03/2018 Share this story   Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Recent Updates

Anne of Denmark - mother of King Charles I - was born - On this day in history

Anne of Denmark, mother of King Charles I, was born on 12 December 1574.


Ten things you might not know about the Jacobites in the 1745 Rising

From the presence of gunmen at the Battle of Culloden, to the colours of the tartan worn by participants in ...


A history of Stirling Castle

Neil Oliver explores the history of Stirling Castle, a favourite residence of the royal Stewarts. ...


Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh died - On this day in history

Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh died on 10 December 1928.


Other Articles

Malcolm IV King of Scots died - On this day in Scottish history

Malcolm IV, King of Scotland, died at Jedburgh on 9 December 1165.


Mary Queen of Scots was born - On this day in Scottish history

Mary Queen of Scots was born at Linlithgow Palace on 8 December 1542.


On this day in history - Saint Columba, founder of the monastery at Iona was born

Saint Columba, founder of the monastery at Iona, was born on 7 December 521AD.


New research reveals early Scottish migrant had brown eyes and black hair

The digital reconstruction of Ava, a skeleton buried more than 4,000 years ago in Achavanich in Caithness, ...