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Comet at Greenock675 views'The Comet at Greenock Harbour', by Robert Salmon (1775-1844).
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Old pier sketch703 viewsA sketch of the Comet berthed at the old Helensburgh pier, near Henry Bell's Baths Hotel.
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Comet replica 1962739 viewsThe Comet replica, built by apprentices at William Lithgow at Port Glasgow for the 150th anniversary of the first sailing of Henry Bell's Comet, Europe's first commercial steamship, is seen steaming down river past a cruise liner. To mark the anniversary, the replica sailed from Port Glasgow to Helensburgh, with civic dignitaries on board in costume for 1812. Image taken and supplied by Jim Bamber.
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Comet Centenary77 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.
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Comet Centenary85 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.
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Comet replica 1962760 viewsThe Comet replica, built by apprentices at William Lithgow at Port Glasgow for the 150th anniversary of the first sailing of Henry Bell's Comet, Europe's first commercial steamship, is seen steaming across the Clyde accompanied by a fleet of yachts. To mark the anniversary, the replica sailed from Port Glasgow to Helensburgh, with civic dignitaries on board in costume for 1812. Image taken and supplied by Jim Bamber.
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Comet replica 1962747 viewsThe Comet replica, built by apprentices at William Lithgow at Port Glasgow for the 150th anniversary of the first sailing of Henry Bell's Comet, Europe's first commercial steamship, is seen setting off from Port Glasgow before steaming across the Clyde accompanied by a fleet of yachts. To mark the anniversary, the replica sailed from Port Glasgow to Helensburgh, with civic dignitaries on board in costume for 1812. Image taken and supplied by Jim Bamber.
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First engine690 viewsThe engine of the first Comet, which is on display at the Science Museum in Kensington, London.
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First engine624 viewsThe engine of the first Comet, with the builder, John Wood.
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Comet flywheel682 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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Flywheel and anvil1707 viewsThe Comet flywheel and Henry Bell's anvil resited on Helensburgh's East Bay, close to the original jetty, as part of the Helensburgh bicentenary celebrations. It was formerly in Hermitage Park. Photo by Donald Fullarton.
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Comet Gate714 viewsThis model of the Comet gate, a Helensburgh Heritage Trust project, was constructed by Babcocks apprentices at the Clyde Submarine Base at Faslane and was on display at the pier for the bicentenary celebrations on Saturday August 4. It is hoped to find a suitable site for the metal gate proper to be erected. Photo by John Urquhart.
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