We currently have two passenger vessels which are moored opposite the Stables Restaurant, Kirkintilloch and one vessel, "Maryhill", which is moored in Southbank Marina, Kirkintilloch. By chartering one of our vessels you will not only have a great experience but you will be assisting us in preserving the Lowland Canals and other projects.
Our first big boat was an old Clyde passenger ferry which we restored and renamed "Ferry Queen". She was our flagship for many years. We saved her from the scrapyard and she repaid us by saving the canal. Her great service to us has been completed and she has now returned to the river Clyde for restoration and is berthed beside the Riverside Museum.
Voyager, the biggest of the society boats, was purpose built for the Society in the east end of Glasgow and was launched into the Forth and Clyde Canal at the Hillhead Basin, Kirkintilloch in June 2005. Being larger both internally and externally, she is 60 feet long with a 12 foot beam. She also has a fairly large wheelhouse. Voyager is suitable for larger numbers and can comfortably carry 45 passengers for trips, group outings, celebrations and meetings.
Gipsy Princess was built by Steel Craft, Old Northants and was launched as part of the campaign to increase interest eastwards along the Forth and Clyde Canal towards Craigmarloch and beyond. She was launched at Auchinstarry on 26 April 1990 by Councillor Cathie Craigie. She has served, over the years, as a classroom boat for many hundreds of schoolchildren as well as being available for charter trips. She will comfortably carry 25 passengers for trips.
Newest addition to the Society boats, having been sailed from the Isle of Bute to the canal by some of our members. She was built several years ago as a two thirds size replica of a Puffer and sailed on the canal and west coast.
Designed and built by apprentices at Telford College in Edinburgh, Janet Telford is no longer available for charter having been retired from our available boats due to her age. She will hopefully sail in new waters sometime in the future under new ownership.