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Print presented774 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 Ashton715 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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Talisker632 viewsThe steamboat Talisker heads for Helensburgh pier during the bicentenary celebrations on Saturday August 4 2012. A Helensburgh resident, Tom Peebles, built the vessel and its engine when he lived in the town, and at that time he was engineer for the Rhu RNLI lifeboat. Talisker was taken by trailer to his new home in Perthshire to be completed, and returned to Rhu by trailer for the celebrations. Photo by Kenneth Speirs.
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Steamboat399 viewsA steamboat of the Comet era — possibly the Comet itself — is seen on the Clyde near Dumbarton Rock in this old sketch.
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Steam and sail436 viewsThe little steam boat Talisker passes a yacht at Rhu Marina on the way to Helensburgh to take part in the bicentenary celebrations on Saturday August 4 2012. Photo by Kenneth Speirs.
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Two steam boats445 viewsThe Talisker and the Silkie took part in the bicentenary nautical parade from Rhu Marina to Helensburgh pier on Saturday August 4 2012. Photo by Kenneth Speirs.
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Silkie419 viewsThe steam boat Silkie, built and owned by G.F.Jorgensen, took part in the bicentenary nautical parade from Rhu Marina to Helensburgh pier on Saturday August 4 2012. Photo by Kenneth Speirs.
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Descendant447 views'Mr Bell' with one of his descendants, Shona McNeil, and Henry Bell and the Comet Exhibition organiser Doris Gentles at the bicentenary celebrations on Helensburgh pier on Saturday August 4 2012. Photo by Ian Parlane.
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Panel unveiling458 viewsA new panel featuring information about the town, including references to Henry Bell and his ground breaking invention, was unveiled by 'Mr Bell' on Helensburgh seafront as part of the bicentenary celebrations on Saturday August 4 2012. The panel replaces an earlier version which was one of ten put in place to encourage motorists to explore ‘The Clyde Sea Lochs Trail’, a scenic coastal route from Dumbarton via Cardoss, Helensburgh, Rhu, Garelochhead and the Rosneath Peninsula to Arrochar. Among those in the picture are Mrs Pat Wiseman, ex-Provost Billy Petrie, Mrs Doris Gentles, John Urquhart, Stewart Noble and Kenneth Crawford. Photo by Davie Dewar.
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New panel453 views'Henry Bell' unveiled a new panel featuring information about the town, including references to himself and his ground breaking invention, on Helensburgh seafront as part of the bicentenary celebrations on Saturday August 4 2012. The panel replaces an earlier version which was one of ten put in place to encourage motorists to explore ‘The Clyde Sea Lochs Trail’, a scenic coastal route from Dumbarton via Cardoss, Helensburgh, Rhu, Garelochhead and the Rosneath Peninsula to Arrochar. Photo by John Urquhart.
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New panel428 viewsThis new panel featuring information about the town, including references to Henry Bell and his ground breaking invention, was unveiled by 'Mr Bell' on Helensburgh seafront as part of the bicentenary celebrations on Saturday August 4 2012. The panel replaces an earlier version which was one of ten put in place to encourage motorists to explore ‘The Clyde Sea Lochs Trail’, a scenic coastal route from Dumbarton via Cardoss, Helensburgh, Rhu, Garelochhead and the Rosneath Peninsula to Arrochar. Photo by Donald Fullarton.
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Swedish toast414 viewsHelensburgh was not the only place where the bicentenary of Henry Bell’s Comet was remembered on Saturday August 4 2012 — a toast was proposed in Sweden. As he had done 50 years earlier, retired naval architect Gerhard Schack, an octogenarian, raised a glass in tribute to the man who pioneered commercial steamships. This is a picture of the Comet model he made himself.
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