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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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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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