Moderator meets the Maid

Dr Russell Barr is welcomed aboard by Loch Lomond Steam Ship Company chairman, Robin Naysmith. PHOTOS: HUGH DOUGHERTY

IT WAS a case of the Moderator meeting the Maid, when Dr Russell Barr, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, called in at Balloch on Wednesday 29 March, to see at first hand the work being done to restore PS Maid of the Loch to sailing order.

Dr Barr, the Church of Scotland’s most senior minister, and his party, were welcomed aboard by Loch Lomond Steamship Company Chair, Robin Naysmith, before touring the ship. He was most impressed by the standard of restoration and said: “I am delighted to have been welcome aboard and commend the work of staff and volunteers which is going on apace to restore Maid of the Loch to full sailing order on Loch Lomond. I look forward to sailing on her in due course.”

“Halo,halo!” says Dr Russell Barr, as he backs the drive to return MOTL to sailing on Loch Lomond.

Robin Naysmith said “We were honoured to welcome the Moderator aboard as we work hard to raise funds to complete the final work so that the Maid can sail again. The Moderator wished us all the best in our endeavours, but stopped short of promising some divine intervention!”

‘Moderating’ engine room power! Dr Barr tries his hands on the levers, ‘watched’ by the ship’s display-only chief engineer.

Dr Ross was presented with a framed reproduction of a poster of MOTL as she will look when she sets sail again, and he promised to return for the maiden voyage.

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