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S.S. Sir Walter Scott Gets New Cochran Boilers

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The SS Sir Walter Scott has sailed the waters of Loch Katrine since 1900. She is 110 feet long, 19 feet wide and weighs 115 tons and she still has the original 3-cylinder triple expansion engine. The vessel has a crew of five, and is the only surviving screw steamer in regular passenger service in Scotland. Up to the end of 2007 the boilers were fired by coke and the ash emptied ashore daily to minimise any risk of pollution to the loch which is Glasgow's water supply and is owned by the West of Scotland Water Board. At the end of the 2007 season the ship was given a major overhaul and re-fit by Fergusons shipbuilders including replacing the boilers with new Cochran Boilers designed to run on bio-fuel.

The photograph shows the specially designed boilers being fitted into the existing engine room.

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