SS Lochness

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  • SS Lochness
  • 1955: Valmarina
  • 1958: Myrtidiotissa
Namesake: Loch Ness
Owner: David MacBrayne Ltd
Port of registry: Glasgow
Yard number: 872[2]
Launched: 6 June 1929
Completed: 9 July 1929[2]
In service: 1 August 1929
Out of service: 1955
Identification: IMO number: 5244833[3]
Fate: 15 March 1973: scrapped in Perama, Greece[3]
General characteristics
Type: Passenger Cargo Vessel
Tonnage: 777 GT
Length: 63.64 m (208.8 ft)[3]
Beam: 10.39 m (34.1 ft)
Draught: 3.20 m (10.5 ft)
Installed power: 2 x 4SCSA, each 6 cyls. (5" x 5 5/8")
Speed: 14 knots

SS Lochness was a David MacBrayne Ltd mail steamer launched in 1929. She served Stornoway until 1947 and as relief vessel until 1955. As Myrtidiotissa, she survived in the Aegean until the 1970s.


SS Lochness was a mail steamer, built by Harland and Wolff, Govan, the first of four new vessels built under the terms of the constitution of the new company, David MacBrayne (1928) Ltd.[4] She was the third vessel to carry the name and the last steamship ordered by MacBrayne’s.[5] Launched on 6 June 1929,[1] she ran trials on 9 July and gave her first public service, to Tarbert, Loch Fyne, during Glasgow Fair Holiday.

With the introduction of Claymore in 1955, Lochness became redundant and was sold to Italian owners.[6] As Myrtidiotissa, she survived in the Aegean until the 1970s.[5]


Lochness was a cargo and passenger boat, with sleeping accommodation. She loaded vehicles along with other cargo, using crane and sling.[7]


Lochness was built for the Mallaig - Kyle - Stornoway route, to replace SS Sheila which had been wrecked in 1927.[8][9] She entered service on this route on 1 August 1929 and soon became too small for the route. In 1947, she was displaced by MV Loch Seaforth and became the relief overnight steamer. Until 1955, she was found throughout the Outer Hebrides deputising for other vessels.[5]


  1. ^ a b "The Fleet - Lochness". Ships of Calmac. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  2. ^ a b McCluskie, Tom (2013). The Rise and Fall of Harland and Wolff. Stroud: The History Press. p. 141. ISBN 9780752488615. 
  3. ^ a b c "T/S Lochness" (in Swedish). fakta om fartyg (facts about boats). Retrieved 20 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "June 2007 news". West Highland Steamer Club. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c Neil F King. "SS Lochness". Flickr. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Clyde Fleet i (Image 21)". Scottish Tramway & Transport Society. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "History - Clansman". Ships of Calmac. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  8. ^ "Clyde Fleet i (image 10)". Scottish Tramway & Transport Society. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "SS Sheila". Clydebuilt Ships Database. Retrieved 29 May 2011.