Yarrow Seagull marks three decades of sailing Forth and Clyde canal

The Yarrow Seagull
The Yarrow Seagull
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Seagull Trust Cruises has celebrated the 30th anniversary of its canal boat Yarrow Seagull’s first trip on the Forth and Clyde Canal.

The charity offers free cruises on Scotland’s canals for people with special needs.

Specially designed and built at Yarrow’s shipyard in Scotstoun, the vessel was delivered by road to Kirkintilloch and lowered into the canal by crane.

On April 30, 1984, she set out on the first of many trips on the canal.

Yarrow Seagull has undergone several modifications to keep her facilities up to date in her long career.

She was fitted with an enclosed wheelhouse in 2001, had a five month £40,000 makeover in 2009, courtesy of her original builders (now known as BAE Systems) and in 2013 was equipped with a new non-slip foredeck.

Jen Biggans, chairperson of the Kirkintilloch branch of Seagull Trust Cruises, said: “We are very proud to celebrate this milestone for the Yarrow, especially when we think of the pleasure she has given to tens of thousands of disabled passengers over the last 30 years.

“She is a real local hero, and we look forward to sailing her on the canal for many more years to come.”

Passengers on a recent sailing aboard the Yarrow Seagull (who were from East Dunbartonshire Visually Impaired Persons Forum) received a piece of birthday cake and a glass of bubbly to help celebrate the occasion.

Seagull Trust Cruises has operated on the Forth and Clyde Canal in Kirkintilloch since 1984 and the branch carries more than 6000 passengers each year.