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Mr and Mrs Bell621 views'Mr and Mrs Henry Bell', who were from a Greenock drama group, were on board the paddle steamer Waverley for the Waverley Comet bicentenary cruise on Friday August 10 2012. They knew their history, and chatted to many of the passengers. Photo by Kenneth Crawford.
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Evening with the Bells613 viewsDave Dewar from Kilmun wrote "An Evening with Mr and Mrs Bell" in the style of "This Is Your Life", and it was performed in Dunoon on Wednesday August 22 2012 and at Helensburgh Library the following day for pupils of St Joseph's Primary School and in the evening for a sellout audience of 35. He also played the part of the interviewer, while Mr and Mrs Bell were played by Paul Kozinski and Janis Marshall. Musical accompaniment came from Alan Reid, who wrote several of the songs. Photo by Frances Mascarenhas.
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Torphichen plaque672 viewsThis plaque, the work of Henry Bell's great grand nephew William Bell, was presented to St John's Church in Torphichen by leading Clyde shipbuilder Sir Ross Belch.
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Henry Bell615 viewsA portrait of steamship pioneer Henry Bell by James Tannock. It is the property of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street, Edinburgh.
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Helensburgh's First Provost887 viewsA likeness of steamship pioneer Henry Bell, first Provost of the Burgh and owner of the Baths Hotel, above the doorway of the Municipal Buildings in East Princes Street. Photo by Donald Fullarton.
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Seafront Celebration1013 viewsThe Henry Bell Monument is decorated with bunting as townfolk celebrate the centenary of Henry Bell's steamship Comet in 1912.
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Henry Bell's grave617 viewsThe grave of steamship pioneer Henry Bell in Rhu Churchyard. Photo by Donald Fullarton.
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Sponsorship654 viewsJohn Urquhart (right) of LoveLochLomond presents a sponsorship cheque for £300 to bicentenary celebrations committee chairman Stewart Noble at a meeting of Helensburgh Heritage Trust on March 28 2012. Beside them is an image of the Comet replica sailing across the Clyde in 1962 to mark the 150th anniversary.
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Patrol boat714 viewsHMS Pursuer, a patrol boat from the Clyde Naval Base at Faslane, led the nautical procession from Rhu Marina to Helensburgh pier for the bicentenary celebrations on Saturday August 4 2012, and local canoeists were in attendance. Photo by David Ronald.
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Patrol boat614 viewsHMS Pursuer, a patrol boat from the Clyde Naval Base at Faslane, led the nautical procession from Rhu Marina to Helensburgh pier for the bicentenary celebrations on Saturday August 4 2012. Photo by Kenneth Speirs.
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Comet flywheel2854 viewsJohn Murray, great-grand nephew of Henry Bell, made a speech at the ceremony to mark the official unveiling of the Comet flywheel on its new East Bay site in Helensburgh during the burgh bicentenary celebrations.
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Great-grand nephew970 viewsJohn Murray, great-grand nephew of Henry Bell, studies a model of the Comet at the 2002 Bell exhibition in Helensburgh Library organised by Doris Gentles.
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