Friday, 17 April 2009


Berthed in Princes Dock beside the Glasgow Science Centre, the Magna Carta Steamship Company's little cruise vessel LORD OF THE GLEN had just returned after a four-day cruise around the Firth of Clyde, visiting Brodick, Tarbert and Rothesay. Built as a Greek cruiser in 1988, she was completely rebuilt in 2000 in a Spanish boatyard and emerged much longer and wider, with a length of 45.7 metres overall and a beam of 10.5 metres. Capable of carrying up to 54 guests in luxurious surroundings, she is more usually based on the west coast at Oban, or on the Caledonian Canal.  This year, however, she is operating a number of shorter cruises on the Clyde before starting her main season later in the year. Berthed on the other side of the quay, on the River Clyde, the paddle steamer WAVERLEY continues her winter refit, which this year includes a major overhaul of her boilers that will keep her out of commission until the end of May.