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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

luss-slateThe next Open Meeting will be on Wednesday November 30 at 7.30pm prompt at Helensburgh Civic Centre, East Clyde Street. Ian MacEachern will talk about the Luss Slate Quarries.

Winter Talks 2016-17

  • Wednesday September 28 2016 — Ewan Kennedy: The Leiper Legacy
  • Wednesday October 26 — 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.

Charity Number

Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation