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150th anniversary booklet429 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.
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1962 Comet replica276 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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Greenock exhibition178 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.
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Library exhibition174 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.
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Bell Monument499 viewsA sunny day in West Clyde Street at the Henry Bell monument, circa 1951.
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Descendants in 1912193 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.
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The Talisker183 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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1962 celebrations198 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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1962 celebrations202 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 replica 1962364 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 from Glasgow. 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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1812 advertisement270 viewsA framed copy of the original 1812 advertisement for the Comet Steamboat. It was donated to Helensburgh Heritage Trust by Alan Dickson, who thought that his grandfather acquired it.
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Comet at Greenock204 views'The Comet at Greenock Harbour', by Robert Salmon (1775-1844).
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