Excursion trips flourished on the east coast of Scotland until 2 August 1914, when the
Admiralty effectively closed the Firth of Forth to non-essential shipping. Well-patronised
excursions had included Leith to the Fife resorts and then up to Dundee, and Leith to
Alloa and Stirling. Those short of funds could take a non-landing trip to Burntisland for
10d return. One of the companies active on the Forth was the Galloway Saloon Steam
Packet Co. Founded in June 1886, it was acquired a few years later by the North British
Steam Packet Co, a subsidiary of the North British Railway. However, the GSSPCo
retained its old title, and was left very much to its own devices. Between 1886 and 1900
the Forth was livened up when the GSSPCo broke away from the more sombre liveries
of the day: it gave its paddlers lavender-coloured hulls with a red waterline, white
paddle-box facings, yellow funnels and varnished woodwork.
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