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Henry Bell & Comet

Steam Navigation and Henry Bell

WITHIN my recollection the Clyde in the near vicinity of the city was during the summer months a stream for bathers.

I remember seeing a lad wade from one side to the other below the harbour, carrying his clothes on his head. It would now take a Gargantua to perform that feat.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 May 2013 11:32 )

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2012 Henry Bell Exhibition

ONE of the highlights of the bicentenary celebrations in Helensburgh was the Henry Bell and the Comet Exhibition, lovingly compiled in 2002 by Bell enthusiast Doris A.Gentles, BA, and revived and augmented for this occasion.

It was in the exhibition area upstairs at Helensburgh Library in West King Street from August to October, and also on display were a number of relevant works of art lent by the local Anderson Trust Collection.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 31 October 2012 09:25 )

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Site wanted for Comet Gate

HELENSBURGH may soon have its own Comet Gate.

It has been designed by Helensburgh Modellers Club, who had hoped it might be placed on the pier where there was formerly a stone arch.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 14 October 2012 16:44 )

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Bell commemorated in song

THE COMET SONG

 by Alan Reid

Last Updated ( Sunday, 14 October 2012 16:09 )

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Bell commemorated in verse

THE SAGA OF HENRY BELL

First Provost of Helensburgh and Inventor of the Steamship

Last Updated ( Sunday, 14 October 2012 10:44 )

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2018-19 Open Meetings

MacKintosh Club logoA new programme of Winter Open Meetings begins at Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm on Wednesday September 26 with a talk by Bruce Jamieson on developing the Mackintosh Club.

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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