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Seafront Celebration986 viewsThe Henry Bell Monument is decorated with bunting as townfolk celebrate the centenary of Henry Bell's steamship Comet in 1912.
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Henry Bell's grave592 viewsThe grave of steamship pioneer Henry Bell in Rhu Churchyard. Photo by Donald Fullarton.
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Sponsorship605 viewsJohn Urquhart (right) of LoveLochLomond presents a sponsorship cheque for £300 to bicentenary celebrations committee chairman Stewart Noble at a meeting of Helensburgh Heritage Trust on March 28 2012. Beside them is an image of the Comet replica sailing across the Clyde in 1962 to mark the 150th anniversary.
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Patrol boat638 viewsHMS Pursuer, a patrol boat from the Clyde Naval Base at Faslane, led the nautical procession from Rhu Marina to Helensburgh pier for the bicentenary celebrations on Saturday August 4 2012, and local canoeists were in attendance. Photo by David Ronald.
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Patrol boat588 viewsHMS Pursuer, a patrol boat from the Clyde Naval Base at Faslane, led the nautical procession from Rhu Marina to Helensburgh pier for the bicentenary celebrations on Saturday August 4 2012. Photo by Kenneth Speirs.
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Comet flywheel1901 viewsJohn Murray, great-grand nephew of Henry Bell, made a speech at the ceremony to mark the official unveiling of the Comet flywheel on its new East Bay site in Helensburgh during the burgh bicentenary celebrations.
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Great-grand nephew839 viewsJohn Murray, great-grand nephew of Henry Bell, studies a model of the Comet at the 2002 Bell exhibition in Helensburgh Library organised by Doris Gentles.
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Model afloat590 viewsThis model of the 1962 Comet replica was made by Helensburgh and District Modellers Club, and a member is seen launching it beside the pier during the bicentenary celebrations in Helensburgh on Saturday August 4 2012. Subsequently the club donated the model to Helensburgh Heritage Trust for display in the Heritage Centre in Helensburgh Library in West King Street. Photo by David Ronald.
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Little and large580 viewsHMS Pursuer, a patrol boat from the Clyde Naval Base at Faslane, led the nautical procession from Rhu Marina to Helensburgh pier for the bicentenary celebrations on Saturday August 4 2012. Photo by Kenneth Speirs.
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Maid of the Loch670 viewsThis model of Loch Lomond's Maid of the Loch paddle steamer was sailed by Helensburgh and District Modellers Club off Helensburgh pier as part of the bicentenary celebrations on Saturday August 4 2012. Photo by Norman MacLeod.
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Mr Bell and a piper664 views'Mr Bell' is pictured with a youngster and a piper on Helensburgh pier during the bicentenary celebrations on Saturday August 4 2012. Photo by Davie Dewar.
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Henry Bell's Comet575 viewsA painting by well-known Helensburgh artist Neil Macleod of Henry Bell's Comet, Europe's first commercial steamship, which had its bicentenary in 2012. Image by courtesy of the owner, David McGowan. Both also permitted Helensburgh Heritage Trust to prepare a limited A3 print of the painting as part of the bicentenary celebrations.
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