Loch Lomond Steamship Company
Nominated for Category C: Sharing and Celebrating - Volunteer-led projects promoting local history, architecture and archaeology.
The Loch Lomond Steamship Company is a Scottish charity formed in 1995 to save the historic vessel Maid of the Loch. Since then, the charity has raised – and reinvested – over £1.9 million and over 80,000 hours of labour on preserving and conserving the ship and infrastructure. All Directors and volunteers give their time free; there is no paid staff.
The Maid has been transformed from a near wreck into a 2 star tourist attraction, bringing around 15,000 visitors each year. The Balloch Steam Slipway (a Grade A listed building) has been completely rebuilt and is fully operational again.
Visitors are encouraged to learn about the ship and slipway in a variety of ways. There are photographic and artistic displays, posters, audio visual, and interactive displays. On the Maid there is also now a dedicated interpretive area and two activities for children – a soft toy trail for the under 7s, and a children’s quiz. The Balloch Steam Slipway is 'In Steam' every weekend in summer, with our engineers on hand demonstrating the machinery, answering questions, and helping with the interactive displays.