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Granary bus crash112 viewsA Garelochhead Coach Services bus crashed into the Granary Restaurant on West Clyde Street after careering down Sinclair Street when the brakes failed. The driver of a Saturday bus from Luss elected to hit the building rather than land on the shore, and was widely praised for his skill in avoiding pedestrians. No-one was seriously injured. Image c.1958 supplied by Robbie Don.
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131 viewsA Phaeton carriage is stationary outside Rhu Parish Church. 1894 image supplied by Donald John Chisholm.
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Puffer VIC 32152 viewsThe puffer VIC 32, also known as Auld Reekie, passes Rosneath's historic Ferry Inn while steaming through Rhu Narrows on May 3 2017. VIC 32 was built by Dunston’s of Thorne, Yorkshire, at Rowhedge in November 1943. This was a busy time for the Clyde shipbuilding yards and the Admiralty needed 50 — later 100 — victualling boats in a hurry. So they were built in groups of three by various different yards in England. In 1989 the “Friends of VIC 32” group was started, a money raising venture in case of an engineering or other crisis, and there are now hundreds of Friends. The vessel is operated by Puffer Steamboat Holidays Ltd. and offers five day cruises in the West Highlands each summer. Photo by Stewart Noble.
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Hovercraft at speed360 viewsThe Clyde Hover Ferries Westland SRN6 hovercraft, which operated a service from Craigendoran pier to Greenock from 1965-6 is pictured. Powered by a Bristol-Siddeley Marine Gnome engine, it was 48 foot long, could carry 48 passengers, and had a maximum speed over calm water of 64 knots. However the service attracted fewer passengers than hoped for, and did not prove viable.
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Hover travel372 viewsThe Clyde Hover Ferries Westland SRN6 hovercraft, which operated a service from Craigendoran pier to Greenock from 1965-6 is pictured arriving at Craigendoran pier. Powered by a Bristol-Siddeley Marine Gnome engine, it was 48 foot long, could carry 48 passengers, and had a maximum speed over calm water of 64 knots. However the service attracted fewer passengers than hoped for, and did not prove viable. Image supplied by Robert Whitton.
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First service337 viewsDavid Wilson at the wheel of his own bus. He was the first to run a bus service between Helensburgh and Rhu. Image, circa 1915, supplied by his grand-daughter, Marlyn Ritchie.
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Bus service336 viewsDavid Wilson drives the Gareloch Motor Service vehicle run by MacFarlane and Gilmour. Image, circa 1906, supplied by his grand-daughter, Marlyn Ritchie.
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Garelochhead Coach Services bus705 viewsA green Garelochhead Coach Services Regent bus, MSN 863G, is pictured outside Helensburgh Central Station. Image, date unknown, is copyright David Christie.
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Sailing ship Helensburgh558 viewsThe three masted iron full-rigged ship named Helensburgh, a fine main skysail yarder, was built by Robert Duncan of Port Glasgow in 1883 for Thom & Cameron of Glasgow, but in 1906 they sold her to a Norwegian, M.H.Bruusgaard of Drammen, who renamed her Marita. During World War One she was stopped and sunk on April 23 1917 by a German submarine, U-82, about 110 miles west of St Kilda while on passage from Buenos Aires to Aarhus with a cargo of grain. Image date unknown.
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Percy Pilcher with the Bat640 viewsPercy Pilcher with his sister Ella and the Bat glider at Cardross in 1895.
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Percy Pilcher with the Bat638 viewsPercy Pilcher with his sister Ella and the Bat glider at Cardross in 1895.
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Percy Pilcher with the Bat666 viewsPercy Pilcher with the Bat glider at Cardross in 1895.
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