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Comet Centenary103 viewsThe third page of a supplement to the Illustrated London News of September 7 1912 recording the centenary of the launch of Henry Bell's Comet. This page shows images of early steamships and Helensburgh ticket tokens.Nov 30, 2020
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Rhu Bay45 viewsA 1933 image of a yacht sailing across Rhu Bay.Nov 30, 2020
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Comet Centenary43 viewsThe second page of a supplement to the Illustrated London News of September 7 1912 recording the centenary of the launch of Henry Bell's Comet. This page shows images of prominent organisers of the celebrations.Nov 24, 2020
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Comet Centenary36 viewsThe first page of a supplement to the Illustrated London News of September 7 1912 recording the centenary of the launch of Henry Bell's Comet. This page shows images of from the celebrations in Helensburgh and Glasgow.Nov 24, 2020
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Bell obelisk103 viewsThe Henry bell obelisk on West Clyde Street before the railings were removed for the war effort in World War Two. Image date unknown.Nov 10, 2020
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1912 Comet replica140 viewsThis Glasgow Corporation single-decker tramcar in the guise of Henry Bell's Comet ran through the city at night, illuminated, to mark the centenary of the Comet launch. Towards the stern is seen a metal pole leading up to make contact with the overhead electric wires. Image from the September 7 1912 edition of the Illustrated London News.
Jul 31, 2020
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Comet painting153 viewsA 1963 watercolour by Paul Sharp of Henry Bell's Comet at the time of the 150th anniversary.Dec 04, 2019
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Comet flywheel655 viewsThe Comet flywheel and Henry Bell's anvil were on display in Hermitage Park for many years, then were moved to the East Bay as part of the 2002 Helensburgh bicentenary celebrations. Image circa 1926.Nov 18, 2014
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The Bowling Obelisk789 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.May 01, 2013
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Two Provosts meet676 viewsHelensburgh Provost J.McLeod Williamson (right) greets his opposite number from Port Glasgow — both in costume — after the Comet replica steamed across the Clyde to the burgh as part of the 1962 Comet 150th anniversary celebrations. They then adjourned for lunch at the Queen's Hotel, formerly Henry Bell's Baths Hotel.Jan 16, 2013
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Comet flywheel2270 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.Oct 16, 2012
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Model gifted1090 viewsMrs Mary-Pat Smith and Mrs Nancy Jackson, daughters of Helensburgh's last Provost, Norman M.Glen CBE, with a model of the Comet they presented to Helensburgh Library at the opening of the 2002 Bell Exhibition organised by Doris Gentles as part of the burgh bicentenary celebrations.Oct 16, 2012
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