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New steamers history launched

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Pleasures_of_Firth_coverA NEW history of the steamers, ferries and personalities — including Henry Bell — that have served the Clyde resorts since 1812 has just been published.

It is entitled ‘Pleasures of the Firth: 200 Years of Clyde Steamers’, and author Andrew Clark, a Financial Times journalist, tells the colourful story from the first steamer, Henry Bell’s Comet, in 1812 to the present day.

Before the Comet, transport on the Clyde was by sail-boat and the trip from the Broomielaw to Helensburgh could take five or six hours if wind and tide were favourable, but a couple of days if conditions were poor.

But now pleasure traffic on the river seems to have all but disappeared.

This £40 314-page hardback book, published by Stenlake Publishing, is a detailed and beautifully photographed history of the Firth’s iconic and much loved steamers and ferries.

It includes over 450 illustrations and an exhaustively researched fleet list, giving details of every Clyde ferry and excursion boat.

The author will be talking about the book at Glasgow’s Mitchell Library on Monday November 26 at 6pm as part of Book Week Scotland.

Last Updated ( Friday, 02 November 2012 14:09 )  

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WW1 Centenary logoIn the second Winter Open Meeting at Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm on Wednesday October 31 David Clark will talk about Helensburgh at the time of the World War One Armistice.

Winter Talks

Wednesday September 26 — Bruce Jamieson: Developing the Mackintosh Club

Wednesday October 31 — AGM; then David Clark: How Helensburgh ended the Great War

Wednesday November 28 — Eric Thompson: Helensburgh and the Peace Movement

Wednesday January 30 — Trust members: brief talks on images of the past

Wednesday February 27 — Robert Ryan: Loch Lomond islands by canoe

Wednesday March 27 — Jon Reid: The Royal Northern Story


 Meetings in Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm.

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