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Print presented774 viewsComet bicentenary committee and Helensburgh Heritage Trust chairman Stewart Noble presents a signed and framed print of Neil MacLeod's painting of the Comet replica to the captain of the world's last sea-going paddle steamer PS 'Waverley to mark the bicentenary in July 2012. Photo by Judy Noble.
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Seafront Celebration768 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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Bell Monument720 viewsA sunny day in West Clyde Street at the Henry Bell monument, circa 1951.
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Lucy Ashton715 viewsThe little steamer Lucy Ashton, named after the famous and much loved paddle steamer, set off on the morning of Saturday August 4 2012 to greet the paddle steamer Waverley at Helensburgh pier as part of the bicentenary celebrations. Unfortunately, on the way back to Rhu Marina for the afternoon procession, a gasket in the engine blew, and the vessel's participation was ended. Photo by URTV Helensburgh.tv.
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The Comet Wheel674 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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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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The Henry Bell monument636 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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Talisker632 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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Helensburgh's First Provost607 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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Comet replica 1962606 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 1962539 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 setting off from Port Glasgow before 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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Comet replica535 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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