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Helensburgh's First Provost604 viewsA likeness of steamship pioneer Henry Bell, first Provost of the Burgh and owner of the Baths Hotel, above the doorway of the Municipal Buildings in East Princes Street. Photo by Donald Fullarton.
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Seafront Celebration763 viewsThe Henry Bell Monument is decorated with bunting as townfolk celebrate the centenary of Henry Bell's steamship Comet in 1912.
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The Comet replica483 viewsThe 150th anniversary of Henry Bell's Comet was celebrated on September 18 1962 when a replica of the Comet arrived at Helensburgh Pier from Port Glasgow as part of a special regatta. Construction of the working replica was sponsored by Sir William Lithgow, and it is now on permanent display in Port Glasgow town centre.
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Bell Monument715 viewsA sunny day in West Clyde Street at the Henry Bell monument, circa 1951.
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The Comet Wheel670 viewsAn old picture of the wheel from Henry Bell's Comet steamship and anvil when they were situated near the west entrance to Hermitage Park. In 2002, the year of the burgh's bicentenary, the wheel was repositioned on the East Bay. Image date unknown.
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The Henry Bell monument633 viewsThe monument to steamship pioneer Henry Bell, Helensburgh's first Provost, on the seafront at the foot of James Street. Image date unknown.
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Comet replica428 viewsThe replica of Henry Bell's Comet built by Lithgow apprentices for the Comet 150th anniversary in 1962 is lifted on to a trailer to be taken to its permanent home in Port Glasgow town centre after the celebrations.
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Comet replica460 viewsThe replica of Henry Bell's Comet built by Lithgow apprentices for the Comet 150th anniversary in 1962 is towed away on a trailer from Helensburgh pierhead to be taken to its permanent home in Port Glasgow town centre after the celebrations.
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Comet replica532 viewsThe replica of Henry Bell's Comet, built in 1962 by apprentices at Lithgow's yard at Port Glasgow to mark the Comet's 150th anniversary, is seen passing the Renfrew ferry which is on the south bank of the Clyde.
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Comet replica 1962601 viewsThe Comet replica, built by apprentices at William Lithgow at Port Glasgow for the 150th anniversary of the first sailing of Henry Bell's Comet, Europe's first commercial steamship, is seen steaming down river from Glasgow. To mark the anniversary, the replica sailed from Port Glasgow to Helensburgh, with civic dignitaries on board in costume for 1812. Image taken and supplied by Jim Bamber.
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Comet replica 1962521 viewsThe Comet replica, built by apprentices at William Lithgow at Port Glasgow for the 150th anniversary of the first sailing of Henry Bell's Comet, Europe's first commercial steamship, is seen steaming down river past a cruise liner. To mark the anniversary, the replica sailed from Port Glasgow to Helensburgh, with civic dignitaries on board in costume for 1812. Image taken and supplied by Jim Bamber.
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Comet replica 1962516 viewsThe Comet replica, built by apprentices at William Lithgow at Port Glasgow for the 150th anniversary of the first sailing of Henry Bell's Comet, Europe's first commercial steamship, is seen steaming across the Clyde accompanied by a fleet of yachts. To mark the anniversary, the replica sailed from Port Glasgow to Helensburgh, with civic dignitaries on board in costume for 1812. Image taken and supplied by Jim Bamber.
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