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Sailpast573 viewsLocal yachts took part in the bicentenary celebrations off Helensburgh pier on Saturday August 4 2012. Photo by Neil MacLeod.
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Swedish toast585 viewsHelensburgh was not the only place where the bicentenary of Henry Bell’s Comet was remembered on Saturday August 4 2012 — a toast was proposed in Sweden. As he had done 50 years earlier, retired naval architect Gerhard Schack, an octogenarian, raised a glass in tribute to the man who pioneered commercial steamships. This is a picture of the Comet model he made himself.
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Swedish toast584 viewsHelensburgh was not the only place where the bicentenary of Henry Bell’s Comet was remembered on Saturday August 4 2012 — a toast was proposed in Sweden. As he had done 50 years earlier, retired naval architect Gerhard Schack, an octogenarian, raised a glass in tribute to the man who pioneered commercial steamships. This is a picture of the Comet model he made himself.
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New panel587 viewsThis new panel featuring information about the town, including references to Henry Bell and his ground breaking invention, was unveiled by 'Mr Bell' on Helensburgh seafront as part of the bicentenary celebrations on Saturday August 4 2012. The panel replaces an earlier version which was one of ten put in place to encourage motorists to explore ‘The Clyde Sea Lochs Trail’, a scenic coastal route from Dumbarton via Cardoss, Helensburgh, Rhu, Garelochhead and the Rosneath Peninsula to Arrochar. Photo by Donald Fullarton.
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New panel697 views'Henry Bell' unveiled a new panel featuring information about the town, including references to himself and his ground breaking invention, on Helensburgh seafront as part of the bicentenary celebrations on Saturday August 4 2012. The panel replaces an earlier version which was one of ten put in place to encourage motorists to explore ‘The Clyde Sea Lochs Trail’, a scenic coastal route from Dumbarton via Cardoss, Helensburgh, Rhu, Garelochhead and the Rosneath Peninsula to Arrochar. Photo by John Urquhart.
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Panel unveiling614 viewsA new panel featuring information about the town, including references to Henry Bell and his ground breaking invention, was unveiled by 'Mr Bell' on Helensburgh seafront as part of the bicentenary celebrations on Saturday August 4 2012. The panel replaces an earlier version which was one of ten put in place to encourage motorists to explore ‘The Clyde Sea Lochs Trail’, a scenic coastal route from Dumbarton via Cardoss, Helensburgh, Rhu, Garelochhead and the Rosneath Peninsula to Arrochar. Among those in the picture are Mrs Pat Wiseman, ex-Provost Billy Petrie, Mrs Doris Gentles, John Urquhart, Stewart Noble and Kenneth Crawford. Photo by Davie Dewar.
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Descendant734 views'Mr Bell' with one of his descendants, Shona McNeil, and Henry Bell and the Comet Exhibition organiser Doris Gentles at the bicentenary celebrations on Helensburgh pier on Saturday August 4 2012. Photo by Ian Parlane.
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Silkie585 viewsThe steam boat Silkie, built and owned by G.F.Jorgensen, took part in the bicentenary nautical parade from Rhu Marina to Helensburgh pier on Saturday August 4 2012. Photo by Kenneth Speirs.
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Two steam boats717 viewsThe Talisker and the Silkie took part in the bicentenary nautical parade from Rhu Marina to Helensburgh pier on Saturday August 4 2012. Photo by Kenneth Speirs.
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Steam and sail610 viewsThe little steam boat Talisker passes a yacht at Rhu Marina on the way to Helensburgh to take part in the bicentenary celebrations on Saturday August 4 2012. Photo by Kenneth Speirs.
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Steamboat583 viewsA steamboat of the Comet era — possibly the Comet itself — is seen on the Clyde near Dumbarton Rock in this old sketch.
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Talisker788 viewsThe steamboat Talisker heads for Helensburgh pier during the bicentenary celebrations on Saturday August 4 2012. A Helensburgh resident, Tom Peebles, built the vessel and its engine when he lived in the town, and at that time he was engineer for the Rhu RNLI lifeboat. Talisker was taken by trailer to his new home in Perthshire to be completed, and returned to Rhu by trailer for the celebrations. Photo by Kenneth Speirs.
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