Following the publication of Sir Walter Scott’s epic poem The Lady of the Lake, set in The Trossachs and around Loch Katrine, tourism visitors increased rapidly so that the boats serving the Loch, Rob Roy, 1845 and Rob Roy, 1855, were inadequate. A larger ship was necessary.
The ss Sir Walter Scott was built in 1899 at my family’s shipyard, Wm Denny & Bros in Dumbarton, being sent CKD up Loch Lomond, and over the hills to be re-assembled at Stronachlachar on the lochside. She has sailed every summer ever since making her, possibly, the oldest steamship in the world to have been in continuous service. Our Chief Engineer, ex BI, has retired so we need a qualified marine engineer, preferably with a steam ticket, to look after our ship’s original triple-expansion steam engine. If any readers would like to become involved on a full- or part-time basis we would be delighted to hear from them. It would be preferable for applicants to live in the Stirling/Glasgow area for ease of access.
The ship is owned and run by a charitable Trust with the duty and responsibility to maintain her in good condition and ensure her future.
Would any interested people please be kind enough, in the first instance, to contact me by E-mail, or, if visiting the Loch, ask if l am there.
Ashley, Hatch Lane, Windsor
Berkshire, SL4 3RW