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Bell bell632 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.
Account book593 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).
Meeting Mr Bell602 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.
Torphichen plaque640 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.
Comet exhibition593 viewsSome of the panels in the Henry Bell and the Comet exhibition, compiled by Doris Gentles, in Helensburgh Library, West King Street, throughout August, September and October 2012. Photo by Donald Fullarton.
Model indoors595 viewsThe model of the Comet made and sailed by Helensburgh and District Modellers Club on show at the Henry Bell and the Comet exhibition compiled by Doris Gentles in Helensburgh Library, West King Street, from August to October 2012. The club subsequently donated the model of Helensburgh Heritage Trust for display in the Heritage Centre at the library. Photo by Donald Fullarton.
The Henry Bell monument971 viewsThe monument to steamship pioneer Henry Bell, Helensburgh's first Provost, on the seafront at the foot of James Street. Image date unknown.
Bunting at obelisk618 viewsBunting on the Henry Bell obelisk on Helensburgh's West Clyde Street to mark the bicentenary celebrations on Saturday August 4 2012. Photo by Donald Fullarton.
Bunting at obelisk623 viewsBunting hangs beside the Henry Bell obelisk on West Clyde Street, Helensburgh, to mark the bicentenary celebrations on Saturday August 4 2012. Photo by Donald Fullarton.
The Bowling Obelisk786 viewsThis memorial to Henry Bell, erected in 1839, stands in the grounds of the semi-derelict Dunglas Castle, which is within a secure area owned by Esso to which entry cannot be obtained. This image was taken by Heritage Trust chairman Stewart Noble while on board the paddle steamer Waverley in 2011.
Bell obelisk94 viewsThe Henry bell obelisk on West Clyde Street before the railings were removed for the war effort in World War Two. Image date unknown.
Mr and Mrs Bell599 views'Mr and Mrs Henry Bell', who were from a Greenock drama group, were on board the paddle steamer Waverley for the Waverley Comet bicentenary cruise on Friday August 10 2012. They knew their history, and chatted to many of the passengers. Photo by Kenneth Crawford.
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