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We are sharing some of the interesting, beautiful and bizarre objects from our collection online. So take a seat, make a cuppa and dive in ...

The SS Mabel - length 13.7 metres, built in 1882, brought to Loch Maree in 1883 

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The SS Mabel  was built in 1882, and originally brought to Loch Maree in 1883 by Mr Hornsby, owner of both the Gairloch and Loch Maree Hotels. She provided tourists with a wonderful tour of the "Queen of Highland Lochs" and also functioned as a ferry between its eastern end, at Kinlochewe (Ceann Loch Iu - the head of Loch Ewe), the Loch Maree Hotel and Tollie Bay. The small steamship remained in service until 1911, when she was moored up beside Loch Maree Hotel. Her remains were visible as late as 1937.

Listen to this 10 minute podcast, all about the
SS Mabel and her journey to Loch Maree. 

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Old Postcard

SS Mabel at Tollie Pier

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Loch Maree
Loch Maree

Loch Maree in sunshine and showers (Karen Buchanan)

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Old photo of SS Mabel
Old photo of SS Mabel

A photograph of a paddle steamer, SS Mabel, on Loch Maree. Mr Duncan Darroch, 4th Baron of Gourock, is one of the passengers on board. He bought the Torridon estate in 1873

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Old Postcard

SS Mabel at Tollie Pier

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