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Clyde celebration: Comet to Waverley

AN exhibition entitled 'Clyde Celebration: Comet to Waverley' took place from September 13-16 1997 in the Pillar Hall, Victoria Halls, Helensburgh, and was a celebration of the Clyde and all that the river meant to the people of Helensburgh.

A fine working model of the Comet was displayed along with maps, photographs and text tracing the history of the development of the burgh with the coming of steam navigation.


Previous Henry Bell celebrations

ON August 6 2012 it was the bicentenary of the first commercial sailing of Henry Bell’s Comet steamship.

A committee organised celebrations on both sides of the Clyde, and the members were well aware that the 100th and 150th anniversary celebrations set a high standard to be followed.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 14 October 2012 15:27 )


Memorial to Comet captain

Inscription on the grave of Comet skipper Captain Robert Bain in Rhu Churchyard:

To the memory of
Captain Robert Bain


Comet's first advertisement

The following is a copy of the advertisement of the first passenger steamboat which plied on the waters of the Clyde:

Last Updated ( Sunday, 14 October 2012 10:58 )

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Joint Open Meeting

Fiona-Baker-cutout-wA Joint Open Meeting with the North Clyde Archaeological Society will be held at Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm on Wednesday March 21. Fiona Baker will talk about Loch Lomond's Ellan Vhow and its Castle.

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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