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Model indoors396 viewsThe model of the Comet made and sailed by Helensburgh and District Modellers Club on show at the Henry Bell and the Comet exhibition compiled by Doris Gentles in Helensburgh Library, West King Street, from August to October 2012. The club subsequently donated the model of Helensburgh Heritage Trust for display in the Heritage Centre at the library. Photo by Donald Fullarton.
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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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Bunting at obelisk410 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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Bunting at obelisk398 viewsBunting hangs beside the Henry Bell obelisk on West Clyde Street, Helensburgh, to mark the bicentenary celebrations on Saturday August 4 2012. Photo by Donald Fullarton.
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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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Mr and Mrs Bell392 views'Mr and Mrs Henry Bell', who were from a Greenock drama group, were on board the paddle steamer Waverley for the Waverley Comet bicentenary cruise on Friday August 10 2012. They knew their history, and chatted to many of the passengers. Photo by Kenneth Crawford.
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Evening with the Bells396 viewsDave Dewar from Kilmun wrote "An Evening with Mr and Mrs Bell" in the style of "This Is Your Life", and it was performed in Dunoon on Wednesday August 22 2012 and at Helensburgh Library the following day for pupils of St Joseph's Primary School and in the evening for a sellout audience of 35. He also played the part of the interviewer, while Mr and Mrs Bell were played by Paul Kozinski and Janis Marshall. Musical accompaniment came from Alan Reid, who wrote several of the songs. Photo by Frances Mascarenhas.
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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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Henry Bell410 viewsA portrait of steamship pioneer Henry Bell by James Tannock. It is the property of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street, Edinburgh.
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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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Henry Bell's grave421 viewsThe grave of steamship pioneer Henry Bell in Rhu Churchyard. Photo by Donald Fullarton.
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