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Henry Bell & Comet

Comet is starting point for book

A BOOK which uses Henry Bell's Comet as its starting point, 'From Comet To Cal Mac', was published at the start of 2012, the Comet bicentenary year.

Sub-titled 'Two Centuries of Hebridean & Clyde Shipping', it looks at the development and establishment of what we know now as Caledonian MacBrayne.


For pleasure or the Devil's work?

WHEN Henry Bell’s steamboat Comet started its career, it introduced the pleasure of spending a day at a seaside resort to Glasgow’s teeming population, eager for a breath of salt water air.

But some thought it was the Devil's work.

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Tragedy of the second Comet

THE second Comet was built at Dumbarton in 1821, and maintained the West Highland service for four years.

When the Caledonian Canal was opened in 1822 she extended her journey as far north as Inverness, and it was when returning from that place on the evening of October 21, 1825 that she came to an untimely and disastrous end.


The Centenary celebrations

THE Comet Centenary celebrations took place in glorious weather from August 29-31 1912.

According to draught and tonnage, ships of all types anchored in lines from Greenock to Helensburgh.


1912 Biography of Henry Bell

MANY a person has at the very start missed his true vocation in life, but has discovered it later on. Henry Bell was one of them.

At thirteen he was apprenticed to a stonemason, and not till three years afterwards did he fully make up his mind that he had chosen the wrong calling.

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Final 2017-18 Open Meeting

Richard-Reeve-wThe final Open Meeting of  2017-18 will be held at Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm on Wednesday March 28. Richard Reeve will present 'A Brief History of the Rosneath Peninsula'.

Winter Talks

Wednesday January 31 — Mike Thornley: The Glenarn Garden

Wednesday February 28 — Developing the Mackintosh Club: cancelled because of snow

Wednesday March 21 — Joint Meeting with the North Clyde Archaeological Society; Fiona Baker: Loch Lomond's Ellan Vhow and its Castle

Wednesday March 28 — Richard Reeve: A Brief History of the Rosneath Peninsula

 Meetings in Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm.

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