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PS Maid of the Loch446 viewsThe 555 ton Maid of the Loch was the last paddle steamer built in Britain, and the last of a long line of Loch Lomond steamers beginning about 1816. Built by A. & J.Inglis of Glasgow, she was dismantled, shipped by rail to Balloch where the sections were reassembled, and launched on March 5 1953. Her last commercial sailing was in August 1981, and now she is looked after at Balloch Pier — where this picture was taken in 1968 — by the Maid of the Loch Preservation Society.Dec 22, 2007
PS Marmion436 viewsLaunched on May 5 1906 at A. & J.Inglis at Pointhouse, Glasgow, the 403 ton Marmion was used on the Arrochar and Loch Goil service for the North British Steam Packet Company. She was requisitioned for mineweeping at Dover from 1915 as HMS Marmion II, and returned to regular Clyde service in 1926. Again she was requisitioned for war service, stationed at Harwich. After surviving the Dunkirk evacuation, she was sunk by enemy bombers at Harwich on the night of April 8 1941 and was later raised and scrapped.Dec 22, 2007
Tories Night Out451 viewsRevellers at the Conservative Dance in the Queen’s Hotel in the mid 1950s. The image was supplied by former Helensburgh resident Sheila Allen (nee Cooper), who says that the picture was taken in the year that Lady Molly Huggins stood unsuccessfully as Conservative candidate for West Dunbartonshire.Dec 21, 2007
Highland Games618 viewsElizabeth Breheny is pictured with her mother and aunts at the Helensburgh Highland Games at Camis Eskan in the early 1950s. This is thought to have been the last burgh Games, but it is planned to resurrect the event in the summer of 2008 at Ardencaple.Dec 21, 2007
Jack Buchanan271 viewsHelensburgh-born Jack Buchanan (1891-1957), a major UK musical comedy, revue and film star, choreographer, director, producer and manager, who was much associated with top hats and tails, in Paramount Studio publicity picture.Dec 21, 2007
PS Jeanie Deans631 viewsThe paddle steamer Jeanie Deans in British Railways livery, between nationalisation in 1948 and the transfer to the Caledonian Steam Packet Company in 1951. Built by Fairfield at Govan and launched in 1931, she was extensively refitted after war service. She remained a passenger favourite on cruises from Craigendoran until the end of the 1964 season. The next year she went to the Thames and was renamed 'Queen of the South'. She was broken up in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1967.Dec 21, 2007
Photographer in uniform591 viewsKeen Helensburgh photographer Robert Thorburn is the man in front in this presumably World War One group picture. A grocery shop manager, he moved to Helensburgh before 1900, and lived at 24 East Princes Street on March 2 1900 when he married Christina Graham, of 29 James Street. His age at the time of his marriage was given as 27, and he lived in Helensburgh until his death in 1945.Dec 21, 2007
Bus on West Clyde Street390 viewsA bus on a private hire approaches the Imperial Hotel on West Clyde Street. Date unknown.Dec 17, 2007
Centenary Cross352 viewsOld postcard with the centenary cross in the middle of Colquhoun Square, and the coat of arms.Dec 17, 2007
Busy Seafront741 viewsA packed west esplanade on a sunny day in the summer of 1967.Dec 10, 2007
Inner Wheel coffee morning525 viewsMembers of Helensburgh Inner Wheel are pictured serving at a coffee morning in St Columba Church Hall in April 1994. From left are Barbara Moyes, Betty Hamilton, Mae Dunachie, Effie Baird, Jacky Sherwood, Anne Nicol, Heather Mowat and Angela Stewart.Dec 10, 2007
West Kirk Choir450 viewsOrganist and choirmaster Walter Blair is pictured with the choir of Helensburgh West Kirk on the occasion of the rededication of the church organ in May 1968.Dec 10, 2007
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