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Comet artefacts not on display

THREE important Henry Bell and the Comet artefacts cannot be seen at present.

They are normally on show in the Linthouse building at the Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine, but the building is currently being given a new roof. It is hoped to re-open the facility next Easter.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 14 October 2012 16:27 )

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Fate of the first and second Comet engines

IT is now some 192 years since the wreck of the first River Clyde paddle steamer, the PS Comet, which was lost on Loch Craignish, on December 13 1820.

Since that time there have been a number of articles written and published about the history of the Comet, her loss, and the salvage attempts made at Craignish. There does, however, seem to be some doubt about exactly what engine was fitted in the Comet at the time of her wreck, and whether or not her engine was salvaged.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 07 April 2015 17:26 )

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Book charts Bell's significance

PROLIFIC author P.J.G.Ransom has written a new study of Henry Bell and the Comet and their place in history to mark the 2012 bicentenary — and was launched on Saturday August 11.

He notes that the passenger steamer burst upon the early 19th century with all the suddenness and immediate widespread popularity of e-mail and the internet today. Leading the way was Henry Bell.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 November 2012 15:09 )

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Future of Comet lamps in doubt

THE future of the much-admired Comet street lamps in Helensburgh’s Colquhoun Square is in doubt because of the Argyll and Bute Council plan to radically alter the square.

The changes are part of the CHORD — Campbeltown, Helensburgh, Oban, Rothesay, Dunoon — project, which also involves alterations to the seafront.

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London Comet exhibits not on show

THREE important Henry Bell exhibits at the London Science Museum in South Kensington are in storage and no longer on display.

Until the summer of 2012 a rigged model of the Comet, Alexander Nasmyth's representation of the Comet on the Forth, and Symington's Dalswinton engine were on show in the Marine Engines area of the Shipping Galleries on the second floor.

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