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Rosneath visit ended in mystery

ROSNEATH was the starting point of one of the most unusual stories ever of a person’s disappearance. It happened in 1924 — and was never solved.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 February 2019 11:42 )

 

Puffers vital to remote communities

THE CLYDE puffer must rank as the most fondly remembered of all the small coastal vessels that plied the waters of the west coast of Scotland — partly thanks to tales written by a Helensburgh man.

The little vessel played an indispensable role in the life and times of many communities, especially the more remote ones. For many years life could not have gone on without this humble workhorse.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 February 2019 11:43 )

MAEE faced winter problems

WINTER frosts caused problems at RAF Helensburgh during World War Two — resulting in difficulties when handling, servicing and launching flying boats.

This meant that test flights were often postponed or delayed, and schedules were missed.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 10 February 2019 19:17 )

Hogmanay toast to Johnnie Walker!

WHEN Hogmanay 1942 was celebrated at RAF Helensburgh, pilots of the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment were about to start the New Year testing Johnnie Walker . . .

However it was not the whisky, but a potential lethal cocktail made up of the explosives Torpex, RDX and TNT packed into a 400-500 lb self-roaming bomb powered by an attached bottle of compressed hydrogen.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 February 2019 16:24 )

High praise for Cove officer

THE GREAT grandson of the founder of Teachers Whisky, a young Army officer from Cove, was killed in action in the Flanders trenches on May 14 1916.

Second Lieutenant William George Teacher, who was 22, lost his life while in command of his company at Thiepval, a few weeks before the start of the Somme campaign.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 January 2019 17:36 )

Chaplain died when hospital ship sank

A CHAPLAIN who was born in Helensburgh is thought to have drowned when the hospital ship Glenart Castle was torpedoed in the Bristol Channel on February 26 1918.

Captain the Rev John B.McIlvaine, who was 39, was the Roman Catholic chaplain on the ship, and his Church of England colleague also died.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 January 2019 16:59 )

Sergeant won Military Medal twice

A GARELOCHSIDE man who made made the supreme sacrifice in World War One won the same gallantry medal twice.

Sergeant Norman Connor was born in Garelochhead on June 7 1896, and killed in action on September 4 1917.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 23 January 2019 14:14 )

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February Open Meeting

Robert-Ryan-wAt the February Open Meeting at Helensburgh Civic Centre on Wednesday February 27 Robert Ryan will give a canoeist's perspective of Loch Lomond.

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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