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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.

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Bell commemorated in song

THE COMET SONG

 by Alan Reid

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Bell commemorated in verse

THE SAGA OF HENRY BELL

First Provost of Helensburgh and Inventor of the Steamship

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Final Open Meeting

Rev-John-Anderson-29.03.17-wThe final Open Meeting of the season was on Wednesday March 29 at the Civic Centre, East Clyde Street, Helensburgh. The Rev David Clark spoke on the Kirk in the Square and the Rev John Anderson.

Winter Talks 2016-17

  • Wednesday September 28 2016 — Ewan Kennedy: The Leiper Legacy
  • Wednesday October 26 — 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 — Dr Andrew Bicker: Recent Archaelogical Discoveries on the West Coast of Scotland
  • Wednesday March 29 — The Rev David Clark: The Kirk in the Square and the Rev John Anderson

Meetings in Helensburgh Civic Centre, East Clyde Street, at 7.30pm prompt.

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