A CAMPAIGN to return a paddle steamer to Loch Lomond duty has won the backing of a brewer.
The Maid of the Loch carried thousands of passengers every year along the 24 miles of Loch Lomond between 1953 and 1981. A charity is aiming to raise £4.9million to restore and return the ship to the water.
The Loch Lomond Steam Ship Company believes it will boost tourism and business in the already popular region.
Loch Lomond Brewery has produced a 60th anniversary Maid of the Loch beer, and owner Fiona MacEachern has pledged a percentage of sales of the drink towards restoring the ship.
She said: “We live in the area and the business is on the loch, so we’re keen to see the Maid run again. It’s a big part of Loch Lomond’s heritage and hopefully its future, so any way we could help we were keen to.”
The paddle steamer is docked at Balloch as a visitor attraction and a function venue.
The steamship company took ownership of the boat almost 20 years ago and has restored the interior. It needs money to replace the boat’s mechanical systems.