It is good to see that the Maid of the Loch is in the news again.
As I grew up in Glasgow in the 50s and 60s, I have fond memories of her. Work’s outings and evening jazz cruises. Standing on deck, facing forward and experiencing that peculiar fore and aft sway that her two cylinder compound engine imparted their rhythm to the ship. Or to see her from the west side of the loch on a late summer’s evening with the low sun shining on her brilliant white hull against the dark waters of the loch.
I hope the current colour scheme is just temporary, a job lot from some DIY store making her look like an ersatz Isle of Wight ferry or a fresh water Waverley. The Maid was never a ferry. She was conceived, designed, built and launched to cruise for pleasure and should be finished as original, all white with a buff funnel and duck-egg blue cowling interiors.