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PADDLE STEAMER REACTIVATION PROJECTS
of the Loch
looks like she is ready to cast off from Balloch Pier on Loch Lomond.
Unfortunately she has been out of service since 1981, but much work in
recent years has meant she has been open to the public for static use.
In 2015, her charity owners secured support from the UK's Heritage
Lottery Fund which could have led to finance being made available to
her to return to service. Hovever, despite the submission of a
strong case for funding which had passed various stages of the approval
process and around £ 1.7 m raised to meet the requirement for
match funding from other sources, it was announced on 29th September
that the required grant would not be forthcoming due to lack of funds
being available and the Maid's application losing out to other
competing projects. The plan is to
re-submit a bid in the hope of achieving success at a future date.
Meanwhile, work will continue to be undertaken following the December
2018 announcement that a grant which formed the largest part of the
funding raised will be available for use despite the project not being
able to proceed to full vessel reactivation.
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Maid of the
After years of neglect after withdrawal from service in 1981, the last major paddler built for the UK remains moored at Balloch, Loch Lomond, but is now being restored by volunteers. Open for visitors to stroll around and relax in the cafe/bar she is also available as a function suite and with the adjacent steam powered slipway now restored and the working machinery available to view on selected weekends, there is now much to see. In 2019 the vessel's engines were able to be turned with steam provided by a shore-side boiler and visitors can view this on selected days. Major renovation works are continuing with money from a Scottish Governement fund and donations already collected whilst a new application to the Heritage Lottery Fund is made.
737-series steamer built in Hungary in 1957 is under refurbishment at Gorodets, near Nizhny Novgorod on the River Volga, by a private owner. A new boiler has been supplied by Master-Watt who adapted a boiler from Czech manufacturer TN for Russian conditions and the engine now works under steam. Photographs taken in 2016 show the ship outwardly at least looking to be in good condition at the Gorodetsky yard
Current status : unknown
Recent photos and report : http://puteshectvuy.ru/sv/sochi/suda-tipa-stanyukovich-737-proekt-gde-zhivet-nastoyashchii-kolesnyi-parohod/
Details and photos on the Hungarian Ship Register : http://www.hajoregiszter.hu/hajoadatlap/k_m_stanyukovich/1759
Bystryi was built in 1955 in Kiev at the Lenin Shipyard and was the last of her type on the Volga when it was mooted in 1996 to preserve her for the Polytechnic museum. This never happened and she was laid up at Volgoreschensk. However she was bought by a company based in Yaroslavl in 2006 for refurbishment for tourist purposes as a passenger steamer in Yaroslavl. Renovation began at Hlebnikovo, in the northern suburbs of Moscow.
Current status : unknown