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Sir Walter Scott

Status: Steaming

Owner: The Steamship Sir Walter Scott Trust


Area: UK-Scotland


Passenger steamer. Construction: Steel.
Hull model: Passenger steamer designed by Wm. Denny at Dumbarton in 1898
Built 1899 by W. Denny & Bros. at Dumbarton
Fit out 1899 by Wm. Denny yard number 623. at Dumbarton
LOA: 110' 0", LWL: 100' 0", Beam: 19' 0", Draft: 5' 0", Displacement: 230000 lbs.
2005, M.C.A passenger certificate for 245 passengers, service speed 8 knots, pole mast. In 2008 a program began to replace most of the hull plating. The new deckhouse was fitted at this time.


Two X Wee Chieftain. Designed by Cochran of Annan,
Built 2008 by Cochran of Annan at Annan
Fuel: Mainly gas oil., Pressure: 150 psi, Output: 3000 lbs/hr,
Welded steel drum and tubes construction,
Due to the lack of good steam coal the Trustees decided in 2008 to replace the coal boilers with ones which burn bio-fuel and gas oil. The Wee Chieftain is a standard land based steam boiler. Worthington & Simpson steam drive donkey pump which serves as a fire pump, emergency bilge pump and emergency feed pump.


Triple Expansion. 8 1/2" + 13" + 19" X 12"
Built 1899 by M. Paul & Co. Ltd. at Dumbarton
Designed by: M. Paul & Co. Ltd
pv on HP, sv on IP & LP valve. SLRG valve gear.
Power: 140 HP
IP cylinder cross-head-driven air pump and condenser. Maximum revolutions 160 rpm. The condensate is mainly discharged overboard.


Bronze, 4 blades, Right Hand,


Originally built for The Loch Katrine Steamboat Co. Ltd. Launched 31st Oct. 1899. (Ref. ‘Ships Monthly’, Aug 1979). Hull plans in Denny Collection at National Maritime Museum. Following the sea-trials, the ship was returned to Denny's yard and split into three sections, loaded on to barges, floated up the River Leven into Loch Lomond where it was towed to Inversnaid. The parts were then loaded on to carriages and pulled by Clydesdale horses up the 350 foot climb and over to Stronachlachar where she was re-assembled. The steamship went into service at the end of March 1900. In April 2005 A trust was formed and headed by Sir William McAlpine in order to take over the ownership of the ship. Scottish Water, who took over from Strathclyde Regional Council, had been told to divest themselves of any non-water provision activities. The Trust set up a subsidiary company, The Steamship Sir Walter Scott Ltd. which operates the business in order to preserve the ship.

Last Modified: 2017.11.29.

(John Cooper)


Taken 2017 showing new deckhouse