CRSC donates to Loch Katrine steamship restoration appeal

Sir Walter Scott under wraps: fundraising for her restoration is well underway, and CRSC’s donation will add momentum for the vessel’s return to service in the autumn

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.

CRSC President Robin Copland (centre), accompanied by Honorary Secretary Eric Schofield (left), hands the £150 cheque to James Fraser (right), Chief Executive of the Sir Walter Scott Trust


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Published on 1 July 2022