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Comet-2012-logoComet Bicentenary Celebrations — Helensburgh, Saturday August 4

Organiser Stewart Noble, chairman of Helensburgh Heritage Trust, has announced that the following events will be taking place in the vicinity of Helensburgh Pier in the afternoon (timings to be confirmed - see below):

  1. Participation by Royal Navy patrol boat

  2. Visit by small Victorian-style steamboats

  3. Display by radio-controlled model of the Comet and also other radio-controlled boats

  4. Demonstration rescue by lifeboat

  5. Muster of yachts and sailing dinghies


1345: Procession departs from the mouth of Rhu Marina, led by HMS Pursuer, followed by the steam launches, then the yachts and sailing dinghies, with the Sailing Club rescue boat and RNLI lifeboat in attendance.

1430: Arrive off Helensburgh Pier. Steamboats may perhaps tie up alongside, but will go close in to let the public have as good a view as possible. The yachts and dinghies sail off to some other point, yet to be determined. HMS Pursuer to remain in vicinity of pier. Demonstration of radio-controlled models behind the pier.

1500: High tide - mock rescue by RNLI lifeboat

1530: Yachts and dinghies return to Helensburgh Pier, and then set off in procession with steamboats and HMS Pursuer back to Rhu Marina.

1600: Arrive back at Rhu Marina.

1800: Barbecue at the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club in Rhu — £3.50 per head.

A new Henry Bell Trail leaflet detailing all the local locations associated with him and the Comet will be available free of charge from the Tourist Information Centre, and can be downloaded from the Downloads section of this website.

A new free exhibition on Henry Bell and the Comet, compiled by Doris Gentles, opens in Helensburgh Library, West King Street (between James Street and John Street), during normal library opening hours.

Last Updated ( Friday, 27 July 2012 18:30 )  

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Next Open Meeting


Rosneath man Tam Ward will talk about recent discoveries by the North Clyde Archaelogical Society at Helensburgh Tennis Club on Wednesday February 25 at 7.30pm. Non-members are most welcome.

Winter Talks 2014-15

  • Wednesday September 24 2014 — Peter McCaughey: Establishing Helensburgh's Open Air Museum
  • Wednesday October 29 — AGM at 7pm; Robert Layden: The 9th Battalion of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in World War One
  • Wednesday November 26 — Ian McKellar: Parkhead and the Garden, Rosneath       

  • Wednesday January 28 2015 — Michael Gallagher: Reinventing Ruins — stories from Kilmahew and St Peter's Seminary
  • Wednesday February 25 — Tam Ward: Recent Discoveries by the North Clyde Archaelogical Society
  • Wednesday March 25 — Michael Davis: Curious Interconnections of the Mansions of Cowal

All meetings are in the upstairs meeting room at Helensburgh Tennis Club, Suffolk Street, at 7.30pm

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