Lord Smith adds weight to Maid’s appeal final push

The Loch Lomond Steamship Company has marked the 65th anniversary of the launch of the last  paddle steamer to be built for a British railway company, by announcing the appointment of Lord Robert Smith of Kelvin KT CH as patron of the appeal to raise the last £1 million needed to get Maid of the Loch steaming again.

Highly-respected Lord Smith, who sits on several industrial boards in Scotland, is no stranger to transport heritage. He headed the successful Riverside Museum Appeal to raise an extra £5 million for Glasgow’s new transport museum before it opened.

Lord Smith is no stranger to railway and steamer heritage. He welcomed the SAR 15F 4-8-2 home to Glasgow in 2007, and promises to use his skills to spearhead the £1m cash drive to get Maid of the Loch sailing again. HUGH DOUGHERTY

He also played a key role in bringing South African Railways 15F 4-8-2 No. 3007 home to Glasgow where it was built by the North British Locomotive Company, for display in the new museum.

Lord Smith said: “I am delighted with my latest role as patron of Maid of the Loch. The Loch Lomond Steamship Company has worked hard to raise funds and just needs a final push to raise the last £1m to get the ship fully refurbished and sailing again.”

LLSC chairman John Beveridge said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have Lord Smith on board. He shares our passion for paddle steamers and can see the commercial viability of Maid of the Loch, once restoration is complete.”

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