Comet Bicentenary Events Timetable

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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.