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Two steam boats401 viewsThe little steam boats Silkie and Talisker on their voyage from Rhu Marina to Helensburgh pier as part of the bicentenary celebrations on Saturday August 4 2012. Photo by Kenneth Speirs.
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Two steam boats441 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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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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Tribute in verse401 viewsFormer Commodore Clyde and Argyll and Bute Councillor Eric Thompson MBE, who read a poem he had composed for the occasion, with exhibition organiser Doris Gentles at the opening of the Henry Bell and the Comet exhibition in Helensburgh Library on Friday August 3 2012. The flower arrangement beside the bust of Henry Bell was by Judy Noble. Photo by Eleanor McKay.
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Torphichen plaque402 viewsThis explanation accompanies the plaque prepared by Henry Bell's great grand nephew William Bell, and presented to St John's Church in Torphichen by leading Clyde shipbuilder Sir Ross Belch.
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Torphichen plaque388 viewsThis plaque, the work of Henry Bell's great grand nephew William Bell, was presented to St John's Church in Torphichen by leading Clyde shipbuilder Sir Ross Belch.
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The Talisker410 viewsThe steamboat Talisker heads off from Helensburgh pier during the bicentenary celebrations on Saturday August 4. 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 Norman MacLeod.
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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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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 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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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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Talisker627 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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