Amnesty launched for railway steamer parts

By Hugh Dougherty

AN AMNESTY has been launched by the Loch Lomond Steamship Company to help retrieve vital parts of Britain’s last railway-built paddle steamer, PS Maid of the Loch, as the push goes on to raise steam in it once again.

Chairman John Beveridge said that anyone returning any relics of the ship, whether in person or anonymously, will be made most welcome.

A delighted Anne Urquhart and Iain Robertson, directors of the Loch Lomond Steamship Company Limited, with Maid of the Loch’s builder’s plate, returned under the amnesty. LOCH LOMOND STEAMSHIP COMPANY LIMITED

“After the ship was taken out of service in 1981, and until we took over her restoration in 1996, literally hundreds of parts were taken off the ship as she lay semi-derelict,” he said.

“While we accept that many will have been sold for scrap, we also know that other parts were kept as souvenirs and that many parts, given that she was a British Railways steamer, are likely to have entered the railway memorabilia market. It’s those items that we’re appealing for to be returned.”

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