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Comet flywheel403 viewsThe Comet flywheel and Henry Bell's anvil were on display in Hermitage Park for many years, then were moved to the East Bay as part of the 2002 Helensburgh bicentenary celebrations. Image circa 1926.
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The Bowling Obelisk492 viewsThis memorial to Henry Bell, erected in 1839, stands in the grounds of the semi-derelict Dunglas Castle, which is within a secure area owned by Esso to which entry cannot be obtained. This image was taken by Heritage Trust chairman Stewart Noble while on board the paddle steamer Waverley in 2011.
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Two Provosts meet486 viewsHelensburgh Provost J.McLeod Williamson (right) greets his opposite number from Port Glasgow — both in costume — after the Comet replica steamed across the Clyde to the burgh as part of the 1962 Comet 150th anniversary celebrations. They then adjourned for lunch at the Queen's Hotel, formerly Henry Bell's Baths Hotel.
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Comet flywheel505 viewsJohn Murray, great-grand nephew of Henry Bell, made a speech at the ceremony to mark the official unveiling of the Comet flywheel on its new East Bay site in Helensburgh during the burgh bicentenary celebrations.
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Model gifted503 viewsMrs Mary-Pat Smith and Mrs Nancy Jackson, daughters of Helensburgh's last Provost, Norman M.Glen CBE, with a model of the Comet they presented to Helensburgh Library at the opening of the 2002 Bell Exhibition organised by Doris Gentles as part of the burgh bicentenary celebrations.
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Great-grand nephew505 viewsJohn Murray, great-grand nephew of Henry Bell, studies a model of the Comet at the 2002 Bell exhibition in Helensburgh Library organised by Doris Gentles.
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Model in 2002492 viewsA model of Henry Bell's Comet on display at the Bell Exhibition at Helensburgh Library organised by Doris Gentles as part of the burgh's bicentenary celebrations in 2002.
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Flywheel and anvil530 viewsThe Comet flywheel and Henry Bell's anvil resited on Helensburgh's East Bay, close to the original jetty, as part of the Helensburgh bicentenary celebrations. It was formerly in Hermitage Park. Photo by Donald Fullarton.
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Model in 2002506 viewsA model of Henry Bell's Comet on display at the Bell Exhibition at Helensburgh Library organised by Doris Gentles as part of the burgh's bicentenary celebrations in 2002.
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1812 advertisement507 viewsA framed copy of the original 1812 advertisement for the Comet Steamboat. It was donated to Helensburgh Heritage Trust by Alan Dickson, who thought that his grandfather acquired it.
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Print presented769 viewsComet bicentenary committee and Helensburgh Heritage Trust chairman Stewart Noble presents a signed and framed print of Neil MacLeod's painting of the Comet replica to the captain of the world's last sea-going paddle steamer PS 'Waverley to mark the bicentenary in July 2012. Photo by Judy Noble.
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Lucy Ashton712 viewsThe little steamer Lucy Ashton, named after the famous and much loved paddle steamer, set off on the morning of Saturday August 4 2012 to greet the paddle steamer Waverley at Helensburgh pier as part of the bicentenary celebrations. Unfortunately, on the way back to Rhu Marina for the afternoon procession, a gasket in the engine blew, and the vessel's participation was ended. Photo by URTV Helensburgh.tv.
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