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Helensburgh in 1851480 viewsThis print of Helensburgh was presented by the townspeople in 1851 to Provost Peter Walker, who held the office from 1850-53. It was by D.Maitland McKenzie, lithograph by Allen Ferguson of Glasgow. Almost Canaletto in style, it shows the stately summer residences of the Glasgow merchants, and Henry Bell's Baths (later Queen's) Hotel can be seen.
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1943 Hermitage School class1518 viewsMembers of a class of 13 year-olds at Hermitage School in East Argyle Street pictured during the Second World War, including some evacuees from Clydebank. Back: Jim Arrol, John Osborne, unknown, unknown, Robert Dunlop, unknown; middle: unknown, Bobby Phillips, Ian Gilchrist, unknown, Jack Orr Winton, Roy McKenzie; front: unknown, Henry Brown, unknown. Image supplied by Bobby Phillips.
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150th anniversary booklet651 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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Greenock exhibition375 viewsThe small permanent exhibition on Henry Bell and the Comet in the McLean Museum and Art Gallery in Greenock. The model is one of two very early ones made of the Comet (perhaps builders models?) and its twin is in the Science Museum in Kensington, London. The museum has other artefacts which were salvaged from the wreck of the second Comet, but these are not currently on display. Photo by Stewart Noble.
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Library exhibition377 viewsThe scene at the opening of the Henry Bell and the Comet Exhibition, compiled by Doris Gentles, in Helensburgh Library on Friday August 3. Photo by Pat McCann.
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Bell Monument715 viewsA sunny day in West Clyde Street at the Henry Bell monument, circa 1951.
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Descendants in 1912404 viewsDescendants of Henry Bell with the Lord Provost of Glasgow (centre) on a Clyde steamboat during the 1912 centenary celebrations. From left: Mr Findlay, grand-nephew; Henry Bell Lowe, great-grand nephew; Peter Bell Baird, grand nephew; Provost Stevenson; Henry Bell Lowe Snr., grand-nephew; Peter Bell Lowe, great-grand nephew; Bailie Irwin, Port Glasgow. Image supplied by Doris Gentles.
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“Boatyard, Kilcreggan” by Arthur Henry Turner526 viewsThis is one of two works by Arthur H.Turner (1901–1970) acquired by the Anderson Trust, the other being “Clyde Regatta”.
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1962 celebrations413 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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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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Old pier sketch405 viewsA sketch of the Comet berthed at the old Helensburgh pier, near Henry Bell's Baths Hotel.
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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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