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Comet replica950 viewsThis model of the 1962 Comet replica was made by Helensburgh and District Modellers Club who sailed it beside the pier during the bicentenary celebrations in Helensburgh on Saturday August 4. The club subsequently donated the model to Helensburgh Heritage Trust for display in the Heritage Centre in Helensburgh Library in West King Street. Photo by Stewart Noble.
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Model gifted1268 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.
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Model on Waverley605 viewsThis model of Henry Bell's Comet was on display beside the funnel on board the paddle steamer Waverley for the Waverley Comet bicentenary cruise on Friday August 10 2012. Its paddle wheels were turning and pistons going up and down. Photo by Kenneth Crawford.
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The Comet Wheel885 viewsAn old picture of the wheel from Henry Bell's Comet steamship and anvil when they were situated near the west entrance to Hermitage Park. In 2002, the year of the burgh's bicentenary, the wheel was repositioned on the East Bay. Image date unknown.
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Two Provosts meet693 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.
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Comet and Columba619 viewsThe Comet and the PS Columba — a cover image for a David MacBrayne 'Royal Road to the Isles' brochure. From the website http://www.shipsofcalmac.co.uk
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Sketch at Dumbarton655 viewsA sketch of the Comet and Dumbarton Rock, from Annals of Garelochside, written by W.C.Maughan in 1897.
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Centenary postcard615 viewsA postcard issued to mark the 100th anniversary of Henry Bell's Comet in 1912.
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Comet Centenary216 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.
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Model Comet12 viewsA model of Henry Bell's Comet made by Thomas Rennie about 1895. Postcard published by W.Robertson & Co., Greenock.
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Comet painting184 viewsA 1963 watercolour by Paul Sharp of Henry Bell's Comet at the time of the 150th anniversary.
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Comet replica667 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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