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Liner just missed MAEE dinghy

A DINGHY which set off from Helensburgh during World War Two was nearly run down in the Clyde by the liner Aquitania.

But the dinghy and its occupant — young scientific officer Eddie Baird from the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment which was based at RAF Helensburgh during World War Two — fortunately escaped unscathed.


Winter fatal for MAEE aircrew

THE ICY blast of winter is nothing new for Helensburgh and district which has endured many cold winters over the centuries — and during World War Two the consequences were fatal.

For the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment, based at Helensburgh and Rhu  between 1939 and 1945, ice, snow, sleet and fog served up a deadly cocktail of weather.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 18 December 2010 17:15 )

MAEE research still of interest

THE World War Two research conducted by the secret Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment based at Helensburgh and Rhu is soon to be featured in both a scientific paper in Australia and a new book.

The book by retired newspaper editor Robin Bird (pictured) from the Liverpool area will be his second about MAEE and is nearing completion. He has issued a final plea to any local people who can add to his knowledge to get in touch.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 18 December 2010 16:49 )

Portkil Fort was First World War Base

IN November 1914, a service of thanksgiving, followed by an award ceremony, was held at Portkil Fort on the Rosneath Peninsula to mark an act of heroism that had taken place there.

It was a memorable occasion in the life of the Fort, which was an important base in the First World War.

Last Updated ( Friday, 19 November 2010 19:18 )

Glen Fruin's Little Secret

DURING the Second World War the battle against the German Navy was key to defending British supply routes.

Not least of our problems was launching bombs, depth charges and torpedoes without them breaking up or setting off their fuses prematurely on impact with the sea.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 November 2010 19:10 )

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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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Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation