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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.
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Comet replica621 viewsThe replica of Henry Bell's Comet built by Lithgow apprentices for the Comet 150th anniversary in 1962 is towed away on a trailer from Helensburgh pierhead to be taken to its permanent home in Port Glasgow town centre after the celebrations.
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Comet flywheel613 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.
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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.
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Panel unveiling609 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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New panel608 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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Descendant604 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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1962 celebrations601 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.
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Comet at Greenock600 views'The Comet at Greenock Harbour', by Robert Salmon (1775-1844).
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Two steam boats597 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 sail596 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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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.
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