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Loch Lomond’s Drumkinnon Bay is home to the world famous Paddle Steamer MAID OF THE LOCH. Visit her by the Bonnie, Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond, at Balloch Pier.
The Maid is open to the public as a Visitor Attraction; and as a totally unique venue for events and functions.
The Maid of the Loch is situated in the wonderful, world renowned setting of spectacular Loch Lomond overshadowed by Ben Lomond, the highest mountain in the area.
A superb venue for events and functions, including Dinner Parties, Buffets and Wedding Receptions.
The Maid 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. In 2004, she officially became an historic ship, being placed on the UK “Designated Vessels List” which recognizes vessels of “substantial heritage merit with regional and local significance.
MAID OF THE LOCH was built by A&J Inglis of Pointhouse, Glasgow. She is by far the largest steamer to ever sail on the loch, so was erected at their yard on the Clyde, dismantled, and transported to Loch Lomond. She was re-assembled on the slipway at Balloch, launched on 5thMarch 1953, and entered service on 25th May that same year (also Queen Elizabeth II Coronation year and the year the Royal Yacht Britannia was launched.)
MAID OF THE LOCH – some vital statistics:
Length: 191 feet [58.2m] Breadth: 28.1 feet [8.6m] Tonnage: 555 gross Engines: Steam, compound diagonalSpeed: 13.75 knots [25.5 km/h] Passengers: 1000