I read with interest in the August 2018 edition of Sea Breezes, a letter from lan McCall about his fond memories of the Maid and the question he posed about her present colour scheme (black hull with red funnel and a black top).
This colour scheme was devised in 1993 when the Maid was rescued by volunteers and designed as a PR exercise to show that there was a positive move to save her, it worked! LLSC have a £6 million plan to return the Maid to steam operation on Loch Lomond. An application has been submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund and while funding is almost all in place, the final decision rests with them.
A huge amount of work has gone into ensuring the 1953 vessel meets current safety and comfort standards, from sourcing a suitable steam boiler to re-creating her 1950’s style. Mr McCall and readers of Sea Breezes will be reassured that the charity intends to restore her original colour scheme and once again retain her yacht-like appearance.
Donations are still very welcome, from sponsoring portholes to paddle floats, or season ticket deals. Please see our website at www.maidoftheloch.org and with luck, the grand lady will be gracing the water of the loch again, next summer.
JOHN M BEVERIDGE,
Chairman, Loch Lomond Steamship Company Balloch, Scotland