CRSC has contributed towards the restoration of the Victorian steamship Sir Walter Scott.
The £150 donation, coinciding with CRSC’s 90th anniversary, has boosted a public appeal designed to return the historic vessel to service on Loch Katrine later this year. Built in 1899, the ship is recognised as a national maritime treasure.
Presenting the cheque at a special handover ceremony yesterday, Club President Robin Copland said: “In the past, CRSC members have been pleased to support the paddle steamer Waverley, so we felt that it was fitting in our 90th anniversary year that we should make a contribution towards returning the much loved Sir Walter Scott to service on Loch Katrine.”
Robin added: “With her origins at Denny’s shipyard at Dumbarton, Sir Walter Scott is a unique and irreplaceable example of a type of Victorian steamship which has otherwise disappeared from Scottish waters.”
On behalf of the Sir Walter Scott Steamship Trust, Chief Executive and Trustee James Fraser said: “This latest welcome contribution from the Clyde River Steamer Club brings us ever closer to our £500,000 fundraising target. While we have been successful in securing grant funding from several sources, it is contributions from individuals, clubs and societies that is making a real difference. We now anticipate bringing the historic steamship back into service by this autumn, with a final fundraising push over the summer months.’’
Founded in 1932, CRSC has more than 550 members, who pay an annual subscription to support meetings/talks, group excursions, magazines and this website.
Published on 1 July 2022