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Model on Waverley579 viewsThis model of Henry Bell's Comet was on display beside the funnel on board the paddle steamer Waverley for the Waverley Comet bicentenary cruise on Friday August 10 2012. Its paddle wheels were turning and pistons going up and down. Photo by Kenneth Crawford.
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The Comet Wheel853 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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Two Provosts meet667 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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Comet and Columba593 viewsThe Comet and the PS Columba — a cover image for a David MacBrayne 'Royal Road to the Isles' brochure. From the website http://www.shipsofcalmac.co.uk
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Sketch at Dumbarton614 viewsA sketch of the Comet and Dumbarton Rock, from Annals of Garelochside, written by W.C.Maughan in 1897.
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Centenary postcard588 viewsA postcard issued to mark the 100th anniversary of Henry Bell's Comet in 1912.
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Comet painting129 viewsA 1963 watercolour by Paul Sharp of Henry Bell's Comet at the time of the 150th anniversary.
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Comet replica642 viewsThe replica of Henry Bell's Comet built by Lithgow apprentices for the Comet 150th anniversary in 1962 is towed away on a trailer from Helensburgh pierhead to be taken to its permanent home in Port Glasgow town centre after the celebrations.
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Comet replica643 viewsThe replica of Henry Bell's Comet built by Lithgow apprentices for the Comet 150th anniversary in 1962 is lifted on to a trailer to be taken to its permanent home in Port Glasgow town centre after the celebrations.
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The Comet replica734 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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1962 Comet replica640 viewsThe 1962 Comet replica in its permanent home at Port Glasgow.
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Comet replica712 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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