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1962 celebrations609 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 exhibition573 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 Talisker594 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 exhibition587 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 1912593 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 booklet822 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 replica638 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
Steamboat576 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 Bell567 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 grave572 viewsThe grave of steamship pioneer Henry Bell in Rhu Churchyard. Photo by Donald Fullarton.Oct 20, 2011
Robert Bain memorial570 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
Henry Bell's Comet554 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.Aug 03, 2011
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