Henry Bell and the Comet

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Comet_website_home_page2012 was the year of the bicentenary of Henry Bell's Comet steamship, and the Comet Bicentenary Committee set up by Helensburgh Heritage Trust organised first a website and then the celebrations themselves.

It has been agreed to keep the Comet website online until 2015, but all the material which is on that website, including many heritage articles about Bell himself and the vessel, an excerpt from the 1897 book 'Annals of Garelochside' by W.C.Maughan, and a feature by Bell's biographer, the late Brian D.Osborne, has been copied to the Henry Bell section of this website.

All appropriate images from the past and the celebrations have also been copied to the Photo Gallery on this website, with an album devoted to the subject.

The Trust is in the process of preparing a dvd of Henry Bell material for use in local schools.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 07 May 2013 17:16 )  

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First 2016 Open Meeting

r.b.cunninghame-graham-wThe first Open Meeting of 2016 is on January 27 at Helensburgh Tennis Club at 7.30pm, when Lachie Munro will describe 'The Many Lives of Robert Bontine Cunningham Graham — the Uncrowned King of Scotland'.

Winter Talks 2015-16

  • Wednesday September 30 2015 — Melissa Simpson: Hermitage Park: past, present and future
  • Wednesday October 28 — AGM at 7pm; Fraser Noble of McGruers: My family has been building boats since the 11th Century
  • Wednesday November 25 — Sir Malcolm Colquhoun and James Pearson: The Clan Colquhoun and the History of Helensburgh

  • Wednesday January 27 2016 — Lachie Munro: The Many Lives of Robert Bontine Cunningham Graham — the Uncrowned King of Scotland
  • Wednesday February 24 — Sue Furness, Fiona Jackson: Hidden Heritage of a Landscape — Vengeful Vikings and Reckless Rustlers
  • Wednesday March 30 — Fiona Baker: Boutcher's Banks — the Genesis of Helensburgh?

Meetings are normally in the upstairs room at Helensburgh Tennis Club, Suffolk Street, at 7.30pm.

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