Since 1995 many hundreds of volunteers have helped rescue the ship from a state of dereliction, returning her to the beautiful vessel we all enjoy today. These days around 40 volunteers perform a wide variety of tasks including maintaining the steam slipway engine, repairing the electrics, painting and varnishing, fixing woodwork, guiding visitors, cleaning and hoovering, organising events, selling merchandise, giving talks to interested groups, welcoming visitors, documenting film and other material, distributing information… and the list goes on. Huge amounts of time have been spent applying successfully (and sometimes unsuccessfully) for the funding needed to bring the ship back into operational condition. Many hours have also spent dealing with the many and complex regulations surrounding the operation of a passenger vessel. Our recent application to Heritage Lottery Fund required the submission of no less than 240 individual documents!
We are now very close to realising our dream of the Maid sailing again by ‘yon bonnie banks of Loch Lomond’.
We need a wide variety of skills to keep our lovely ship afloat and thriving. Would you like to join us as a volunteer? Download a Volunteer Application Form
John Beveridge BSc Ch.EHO FREHIS (Chair) Founder Loch Lomond Steamship Company. Former Head of Customer Services with a private company in Glasgow; Former Director Scottish Environment Protection Agency. Past President and Fellow of the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland.
Ian Fernie MA MSc M. Env S. M.R.T.P.I Chartered Planner. Former Planning Appeals Commissioner for Northern Ireland and former Director of Planning & Economic Development, West Dunbartonshire Council
Ronnie McKay BSc CA Former Director of Corporate Services, Erskine Hospital Ltd.
Iain Robertson Director and Vice President, Print Scotland - Retired Director JJR Print Ltd (family business), former West Dunbartonshire Councillor/Leader of the Council
Anne Urquhart Former Principal Teacher of PE. Former Board Member of the Area Tourist Board, Bed & Breakfast operator.
Jim Biddulph Director West Dunbartonshire Environment Trust; Secretary Balloch & Haldane Community Council - BHCC representative
Sandy Barr Business transformation specialist in manufacturing and service sectors.
Gary Stevenson Merchant Navy Deck Officer
Also, far right in the photo is Ken Blacklock, our Professional Marine Superintendent.