Updated below] Scotland West MSP, Stuart McMillan has today lodged a motion at the Scottish Parliament celebrating the 60th birthday of the grand old lady of Loch Lomond, the Clyde-built paddle steamer, Maid of the Loch – and supporting the fid raising campaign to restore her to sail those waters again.
The text of the MSPs motion is:
‘That the Parliament welcomes the news that the PS Maid of the Loch has celebrated 60 years on Loch Lomond; notes that it was launched in March 1953 and is the last paddle steamer built in Britain and the last in a long line of paddle steamers on the loch, dating back to 1818; further notes the Lomond Steamship Company has undertaken a campaign to have the Maid of the Loch fully restored and once again plying its trade on Loch Lomond; acknowledges the appeal to get what it considers this iconic steamship back to its former glory, and wishes those involved in the campaign every success.’
Update 17,30: At the end of January, Mr McMillan wrote the letter linked here to Tourism Minister, Fergus Ewing, noting that the Loch Lomond Steamship Company, the charity that now owns and is fighting to restore the Maid of the Loch, was not seeking state funding in its fund raising campaign.
He then asked that any potential assistance the Scottish Government might provide, by way of expertise and information, would be made available to help them achieve their ultimate goal themselves.