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150th anniversary booklet656 viewsThis illustrated booklet was published by the Comet Trust, based at Lithgows Ltd. in Port Glasgow, to mark the 150th anniversary and was printed by James Paton Ltd. of Paisley, price one shilling. It was sold in aid of the Comet Trust Fund, established to provide travelling scholarships for shipbuilding apprentices. It told the story of Henry Bell, and also of the building of the 1962 Comet replica.
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1812 advertisement511 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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1962 celebrations414 viewsThe Comet replica steams towards Helensburgh pier accompanied by a flotilla of yachts during the 150th anniversary celebrations. This cutting from the Helensburgh and Gareloch Times was supplied by Bruce Benson.
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1962 celebrations420 viewsA coach carrying local dignitaries in costume, including Provost J.McLeod Williamson, arrives at the Queen's Hotel, which as the Baths Hotel had been opened and operated by Henry Bell and his wife. They had just made the trip across the Firth to Helensburgh pier on board the Comet replica. This cutting from the Helensburgh and Gareloch Times was supplied by Bruce Benson.
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1962 Comet replica481 viewsThe Comet replica sets off from Port Glasgow with civic dignitaries in the costumes of the period on board to steam to Helensburgh as part of the 150th anniversary celebrations.
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1962 Comet replica374 viewsThe 1962 Comet replica in its permanent home at Port Glasgow.
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Account book401 viewsA page from Henry Bell's Account Book which covers most of 1820 from the fit out at the beginning of the season to the attempts to recover the engine from the wreck in December. The page is from October and shows the details of fares collected from passengers and where they were going to/coming from. Image courtesy Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums).
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Bell bell387 viewsDescendants of Henry Bell who live in America visited the Helensburgh area around 1980 and met Hannah Stirling, of the Friends of Loch Lomond. As a memento they presented Hannah with this small bell.
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Bell Monument720 viewsA sunny day in West Clyde Street at the Henry Bell monument, circa 1951.
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Bell's home407 viewsThe castellated building which was Henry Bell's original Baths Hotel, became the Queen's Hotel, and is now the Queen's Court flats, seen from Helensburgh pier during the bicentenary celebrations on Saturday August 4 2012. Photo by Neil MacLeod.
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Builder and model382 viewsA stalwart of Helensburgh and District Modellers Club, Spike Jones, is pictured with the model of the 1962 Comet replica he helped to build. He and other members sailed the model beside the pier during the bicentenary celebrations in Helensburgh on Saturday August 4 2012, and subsequently donated the model to Helensburgh Heritage Trust for display in the Heritage Centre in Helensburgh Library in West King Street. Photo by Davie Dewar.
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Bunting at obelisk413 viewsBunting on the Henry Bell obelisk on Helensburgh's West Clyde Street to mark the bicentenary celebrations on Saturday August 4 2012. Photo by Donald Fullarton.
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