1899 Sir Walter Scott back on the water!

Posted by Chris Graham on 29th August 2023

This historic 1899 steam ship Sir Walter Scott has returned to service on Loch Katrine, following a £750,000 renovation project.

Sir Walter Scott

Sir Walter Scott departing from Trossachs Pier on her first day back in service on Loch Katrine. (Pic: Paul Saunders)

After three years out of service due to having cracked boilers, Loch Katrine’s historic steamship Sir Walter Scott, which was built by Denny’s of Dumbarton in 1899, resumed sailing in June after the completion of a £750,000 restoration project.

The restoration work involved replacing the steamship’s decking and her two steam boilers, as well as undertaking other major structural repairs. This would not have been possible without the success of an SOS ‘Save our Steamship’ fundraising public appeal. The appeal received donations from round the UK and the world, and was boosted by grants from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Stirling Council, Pilgrim Trust and the Hugh Fraser Foundation. 

The steamship was restored by the steamship’s own in-house team over an 18-month period, with the support of specialist contractors including naval architect Ian Macleod, Byworths of Yorkshire, who manufactured and installed the boilers and Mackays Boatbuilders from Arbroath.

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