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1962 celebrations630 viewsA coach carrying local dignitaries in costume, including Provost J.McLeod Williamson, arrives at the Queen's Hotel, which as the Baths Hotel had been opened and operated by Henry Bell and his wife. They had just made the trip across the Firth to Helensburgh pier on board the Comet replica. This cutting from the Helensburgh and Gareloch Times was supplied by Bruce Benson.Oct 16, 2012
1962 celebrations641 viewsThe Comet replica steams towards Helensburgh pier accompanied by a flotilla of yachts during the 150th anniversary celebrations. This cutting from the Helensburgh and Gareloch Times was supplied by Bruce Benson.Oct 16, 2012
Greenock exhibition594 viewsThe small permanent exhibition on Henry Bell and the Comet in the McLean Museum and Art Gallery in Greenock. The model is one of two very early ones made of the Comet (perhaps builders models?) and its twin is in the Science Museum in Kensington, London. The museum has other artefacts which were salvaged from the wreck of the second Comet, but these are not currently on display. Photo by Stewart Noble.Oct 16, 2012
The Talisker633 viewsThe steamboat Talisker heads off from Helensburgh pier during the bicentenary celebrations on Saturday August 4. 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 Norman MacLeod.Oct 16, 2012
Library exhibition606 viewsThe scene at the opening of the Henry Bell and the Comet Exhibition, compiled by Doris Gentles, in Helensburgh Library on Friday August 3. Photo by Pat McCann.Oct 16, 2012
Descendants in 1912634 viewsDescendants of Henry Bell with the Lord Provost of Glasgow (centre) on a Clyde steamboat during the 1912 centenary celebrations. From left: Mr Findlay, grand-nephew; Henry Bell Lowe, great-grand nephew; Peter Bell Baird, grand nephew; Provost Stevenson; Henry Bell Lowe Snr., grand-nephew; Peter Bell Lowe, great-grand nephew; Bailie Irwin, Port Glasgow. Image supplied by Doris Gentles.Oct 16, 2012
150th anniversary booklet872 viewsThis illustrated booklet was published by the Comet Trust, based at Lithgows Ltd. in Port Glasgow, to mark the 150th anniversary and was printed by James Paton Ltd. of Paisley, price one shilling. It was sold in aid of the Comet Trust Fund, established to provide travelling scholarships for shipbuilding apprentices. It told the story of Henry Bell, and also of the building of the 1962 Comet replica.Oct 16, 2012
1962 Comet replica680 viewsThe Comet replica sets off from Port Glasgow with civic dignitaries in the costumes of the period on board to steam to Helensburgh as part of the 150th anniversary celebrations.Apr 02, 2012
Steamboat593 viewsA steamboat of the Comet era — possibly the Comet itself — is seen on the Clyde near Dumbarton Rock in this old sketch.Oct 20, 2011
Henry Bell582 viewsA portrait of steamship pioneer Henry Bell by James Tannock. It is the property of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street, Edinburgh.Oct 20, 2011
Henry Bell's grave585 viewsThe grave of steamship pioneer Henry Bell in Rhu Churchyard. Photo by Donald Fullarton.Oct 20, 2011
Robert Bain memorial589 viewsThe large iron memorial in Rhu Churchyard erected by Comet steamship pioneer Henry Bell to Robert Bain, the skipper most famously associated with the Comet, following his death in 1829 at the age of 39. He spent 16 years of his life working for Bell, Helensburgh's first Provost, and also served as deputy town clerk. He took over command of the Comet in 1812. The tombstone was made at Shotts Iron Works. Image taken and supplied by Ann Stewart.Oct 10, 2011
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