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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Next Open Meeting

BB-logo-wThe next Open Meeting will be on Wednesday October 26 at 7.30pm prompt at Helensburgh Civic Centre, East Clyde Street. After the AGM, the Rev David Clark will talk about 100 years of the BB in Helensburgh.

Winter Talks 2016-17

  • Wednesday September 28 2016 — Ewan Kennedy: The Leiper Legacy
  • Wednesday October 26 — AGM; then The Rev David Clark: Helensburgh Boys Brigade Centenary
  • Wednesday November 30 — Ian MacEachern: The Luss Slate Quarries

  • Wednesday January 25 2017 — Bill Anderson: The Anderson (Local Collection) Trust
  • Wednesday February 22 — Dan Atkinson: The Samphire Project — marine archaeology in Argyll
  • Wednesday March 29 — Professor John Hume: West Dunbartonshire Churches and their history

Meetings in Helensburgh Civic Centre, East Clyde Street, at 7.30pm prompt.

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