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.
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.
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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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