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The Comet replica755 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 replica659 viewsThe 1962 Comet replica in its permanent home at Port Glasgow.
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Comet replica715 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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Crowded pier634 viewsHelensburgh pier is crowded as the bicentenary nautical flotilla approaches on Saturday August 4 2012. Photo by Kenneth Speirs.
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Sailing to celebrate583 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 wheel604 viewsThe engine and paddle wheel of the first Comet.
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Tribute in verse596 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 tribute593 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 sky630 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 home639 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 boats628 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 organiser638 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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