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The Maid of the Loch – thrown a new lifeline. Pictures by Brian Averell and Bill Heaney.
A plan to restore a 65-year-old paddle steamer which once transported tourists across Loch Lomond has received nearly £1m from the Scottish government, BBC Scotland is reporting.
Owners of the Maid of the Loch had feared for its future after a £3.7m lottery funding bid failed earlier this year.
The Loch Lomond Steamship Company (LLSC) said the new cash would be used to repair the ship’s hull and engines. The steamer has been moored at Balloch Pier since 1996.
LLSC chairman John Beveridge said there was now “real hope” around the project.