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Mystery of naval officer's disappearance

THE LOSS of a coach and coachman in the Gareloch at Rhu Spit in 1886 was a local tragedy, but a naval officer's disappearance some 80 years later made international headlines. 

Commander Peter Fickling, Royal Navy, who was 42 and lived in Helensburgh with his wife and five sons, left the submarine depot ship HMS Maidstone berthed at Faslane at 11pm on Wednesday February 10 1965, and has never been seen again.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 27 December 2011 17:17 )

 

MAEE's Very Important Pussycat

MOVE over Deborah Kerr, John Logie Baird and Andrew Bonar Law . . . the Helensburgh district has another VIP.

Of course that is Very Important Pussycat. His name was Pyro, and he was born and bred in Rhu.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 November 2011 19:25 )

Burgh nurse remembered in Slovakia

THE grave of a nurse from Helensburgh who died over 90 years ago is still lovingly tended by members of the Red Cross in Slovakia.

Margaret McCallum was working in a British Red Cross Mission in the town of Turzovka when she caught typhus, and she died soon after on September 30 1919.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 08 January 2012 17:25 )

Memories of the Cardross Blitz

NOTHING had indicated that the night of May 5 1941 would be different to any other in the village of Cardross . . . until the drone of the German bombers was heard.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 15 May 2011 15:45 )

District home to World War Two boffins

THE World War Two role of the now boarded-up Helensburgh seafront mansion Cairndhu as the headquarters of a degaussing unit was just one example of how the district helped the war effort.

Within days of war being declared on September 3 1939 hundreds of visitors started arriving for a stay that would last more than five years — and they had the pick of accommodation available.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 November 2012 17:38 )

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Next Open Meeting

Parkhead-wIan McKellar will talk about Parkhead and its garden at Rosneath, which he has restored, at Helensburgh Tennis Club on Wednesday November 26 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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