The historic steamer Sit Walter Scott returns to the water after an astonishing SOS appeal to raise £750,000.
The 123 year-old steamer, which is a familiar and iconic sight on Loch Katrine, was in need of a new boiler and other significant repairs to ensure its safety.
The ‘Save our Steamship’ appeal was launched in July 2021 after an inspection revealed hairline cracks in the boiler which led to it being condemned.
Earlier this week, it was confirmed that official certification had been received to allow the steamer to resume passenger sailings after the two year fundraising campaign which led to a £130,000 grant award from The National Lottery Heritage Fund Scotland.
A spokesperson said: “We are beyond delighted and so grateful to each and everyone who has supported our appeal.
“So who’s up for a classic steamship cruise on Loch Katrine?”
Two-hour return cruises begun again this week, calling at Stronachlachar, departing Trossachs Pier at 10.30am and 2.30pm.
There will also be a one-hour cruise leaving the pier at 1pm.
Launched in 1900, the steamer is named after the novelist and poet whose Lady of the Lake poem, published in 1810 is said to have put Loch Katrine and the Trossachs on the map.
She was built at Denny’s Yard in Dumbarton and after completing her trials on the Clyde, she was dismantled for transportation to Loch Katrine., going by barge up the River Leven and Loch Lomond to Inversnaid.
From there, teams of horses lugged the steamship up the steep hills to Stronachlachar; there she was reconstructed and launched for the first time into Loch Katrine in 1900.
Forth Valley Chamber are delighted for Chamber Member, Sir Walter Scott Steamship for the immense success of their appeal, which we believe highlights the love and respect in Scotland for our history.