|Steamship Sir Walter Scott|
The Sir Walter Scott steamship has been sailing on Loch Katrine for over 100 years and still offers visitors a gentle cruise along the tranquil water. There is no more peaceful way to enjoy the scenery, with the backdrop of green hills typical of this lovely part of Scotland. Sir Walter Scott described the loch in his poem as: “The summer dawns, reflected hue, the purple changed Loch Katrine blue.” It is exactly the same view today, as the steamship begins its sails from the wooden Trossachs Pier at the foot of the loch.
The little steamship was built by Wm Denny and Bros Ltd at Dumbarton on the River Clyde, and was launched in 1899. It is the last screw-driven steamship still in service on Scottish inland waters. Usually there is a crew of five onboard: the captain, mate, engineer, stoker and deckhand, and the ship is licensed to carry 320 passengers.
The steamship still retains the original steam engine which runs on smokeless fuel. This is necessary to maintain the purity of the water in the loch. There would be too much danger of oil spillage if it were ever converted to diesel, which would be an unthinkable risk to the loch which ultimately supplies water to Glasgow. It has been the source of the water supply for the city since 1859. It is still fed by the crystal clear mountain streams as it was in Victorian times when the steamer first sailed.
|Boarding the Steamship|