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Sailing to celebrate576 viewsYoung dinghy sailors took part in the bicentenary celebrations off Helensburgh pier on Saturday August 4 2012. Photo by Kenneth Speirs.
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Engine and paddle wheel588 viewsThe engine and paddle wheel of the first Comet.
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Tribute in verse587 viewsFormer Commodore Clyde and Argyll and Bute Councillor Eric Thompson MBE, who read a poem he had composed for the occasion, with exhibition organiser Doris Gentles at the opening of the Henry Bell and the Comet exhibition in Helensburgh Library on Friday August 3 2012. The flower arrangement beside the bust of Henry Bell was by Judy Noble. Photo by Eleanor McKay.
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Floral tribute582 viewsThe bust of Henry Bell and a floral decoration by Judy Noble at the opening of the Henry Bell and the Comet exhibition, compiled by Doris Gentles, in Helensburgh Library on Friday August 3 2012. Photo by Eleanor McKay.
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Forbidding sky608 viewsA forbidding sky beyond HMS Pursuer during the bicentenary celebrations off Helensburgh pier on Saturday August 4 2012. Photo by Neil MacLeod.
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Bell's home619 viewsThe castellated building which was Henry Bell's original Baths Hotel, became the Queen's Hotel, and is now the Queen's Court flats, seen from Helensburgh pier during the bicentenary celebrations on Saturday August 4 2012. Photo by Neil MacLeod.
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Two steam boats605 viewsThe little steam boats Silkie and Talisker on their voyage from Rhu Marina to Helensburgh pier as part of the bicentenary celebrations on Saturday August 4 2012. Photo by Kenneth Speirs.
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Poet and organiser624 viewsFormer Commodore Clyde and Argyll and Bute Councillor Eric Thompson MBE, who read a poem he had written for the occasion, with exhibition organiser Doris Gentles at the opening of the Henry Bell and the Comet exhibition in Helensburgh Library on Friday August 3 2012. Photo by Eleanor McKay.
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Bell bell604 viewsDescendants of Henry Bell who live in America visited the Helensburgh area around 1980 and met Hannah Stirling, of the Friends of Loch Lomond. As a memento they presented Hannah with this small bell.
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Account book585 viewsA page from Henry Bell's Account Book which covers most of 1820 from the fit out at the beginning of the season to the attempts to recover the engine from the wreck in December. The page is from October and shows the details of fares collected from passengers and where they were going to/coming from. Image courtesy Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums).
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Meeting Mr Bell589 views'Mr Bell' with one of his descendents, Shona McNeil, at the bicentenary celebrations on Helensburgh pier on Saturday August 4 2012. Photo by David Speed.
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Torphichen plaque613 viewsThis explanation accompanies the plaque prepared by Henry Bell's great grand nephew William Bell, and presented to St John's Church in Torphichen by leading Clyde shipbuilder Sir Ross Belch.
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