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The sad story of Loch Lomond in the popular
song :


By yon bonnie banks and by yon bonnie braes
Where the sun shines bright on Loch Lomond
Where me and my true love will ne-er meet again
On the bonnie, bonnie banks o Loch Lomon'.
O ye値l tak the high road, and I'll tak' the low
And I値l be in Scotland afore ye
For me and my true love will ne-er meet again
On the bonnie, bonnie banks o Loch Lomon'.
禅was there that we parted in yon shady glen
On the steep, steep sides o Ben Lomon'
Where in (soft) purple hue, the hielan hills we view And the moon comin out in the gloamin.
The wee birdies sing and the wild flowers spring
And in sunshine the waters are sleeping
But the broken heart, it kens nae second spring again Tho the waeful may cease frae their greetin'.

But my photo is rather cheerful presenting Maid of the Loch on the pier in Balloch.

PS Maid of the Loch is the last of a long line of Loch Lomond steamers that began about 1816, within four years of Henry Bell's pioneering passenger steamboat service on the River Clyde. In 1950 the British Transport Commission, owner of the newly nationalised railways, made the decision to replace the Princess May and Prince Edward with a new paddle steamer, to be the largest inland waterway vessel ever in Britain.

Maid of the Loch was built by A. & J. Inglis of Glasgow, launched on Thursday 5 March, 1953, and entered service later that year. She is a "knock down" ship: that is, after assembly at the shipyard she was dismantled, and shipped to the loch (by rail to Balloch at the south end of the loch), and there her sections were reassembled on a purpose built slipway. Her tonnage measures 555 grt, and the length is 208 ft (63 m). Her two cylinder compound diagonal steam engine is less advanced than had become usual on steamers such as the PS Waverley, but was considered suitable for the limited area of operations.

In a rainy weekend nice to see blue sky of Scotland. Does it ever rains there?

Photo made the last evening before the wonderful lake District Meeting.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13401 W: 141 N: 34841] (157280)
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