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Maid 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 allow 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 2018 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.  


PADDLERS OWNED BY PRIVATE, ENTHUSIAST OR CHARITABLE ORGANISATIONS



Maid of the Loch
Balloch, UK

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.  

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K.M. Stanyukovich
Russia

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


FORMER RUSSIAN TUG BEING REBUILT FOR PASSENGER SERVICE AT YAROSLAVL
Bystryi
Yaroslavl, Russia

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


HISTORICAL SHIP (FORMER PADDLE STEAMER) FOR POSSIBLE RESTORATION IN FINLAND
Lahtis
Finland


33.7 metres long x 4.9 metres breadth
Built in 1865 by Crichton & Co in Lahti as a paddle steamer and used on Lake Paijanni in Finland. In 1904 she was converted to screw propulsion and given new steam engines and new superstructure and renamed "Lahti"
In the 1920s she was used as a “tar” transporting steamer and later as a barge after removal of her engine, being renamed "Iloniemi 6" 
She changed hands several times and was in sunken condition in 1974 when bought by a private preservationist, a Mr Hoyla, who was a car mechanic by trade. A steam engine was fitted in 1975. Side paddle wheels were also fitted in 1978. Sold for a failed museum enterprise in 1984 she was then bought by Captain Hannu Hilden in 1989. She was taken to dry-dock in Jyvaskyla before being sold once again to a preservation society in 2003. 
The ship was located at the Noukanniemi Restaurant at Vaajakoski until transported overland in May 2014 in two parts to the Noukanniemesta Arts centre. She is now owned by the charitable Kauko Sorjonen Foundation, which hopes to restore her and bring her back into operational service, with the support of the Lahtis Paddle Steamer Society which is raising funds for the restoration

Website :  http://lahtis.fi/

SSCOTTISH-BUILT RIVER PADDLER IN INDIA BEING REBUILT FOR USE AS A (DIESEL-POWERED) RESTAURANT SHIP
Bhopal
Calcutta (Kolkata), India


The last known survivor of the large numbers of shallow-draught paddlers supplied by Wm Denny & Sons of Dumbarton for service on the rivers of Bengal in India and remaining in Indian territory after partition. After static service as a training ship in Kolkata, she was moved to dry-dock in 2019 for renovation as a restaurant ship. She will be fitted with new diesel engines as a replacement for her original steam engines

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