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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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First 2017-18 Winter Open Meeting

John Hume-wThe first Winter Open Meeting will be held at the Civic Centre, East Clyde Street, Helensburgh, at 7.30pm on Wednesday September 27. Professor John Hume will speak on the history of local churches. All welcome.

Winter Talks 2017-18

  • Wednesday September 27 2017 — AGM; then Professor John Hume: History of local churches
  • Wednesday October 25 — Cleland Sneddon: Childhood holidays in Rosneath
  • Wednesday November 29 — David Bruce: Greatrex, Forger and Photographer

  • Wednesday January 31 2018 — Mike Thornley: The Glenarn Garden
  • Wednesday February 28 — Bruce and Nicola Jamieson: Developing the Mackintosh Club
  • Wednesday March 28 — Richard Reeve: A Brief History of the Rosneath Peninsula

Meetings in Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm.

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