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Rhu's Spitfires with floats

ONE of the most distinguished pilots of his generation was posted to RAF Helensburgh — the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment — in February 1943.

After winning the celebrated 1927 International Schneider Trophy seaplane air race for Britain in a Supermarine floatplane, Flight Lieutenant Sydney Norman Webster’s career in the Royal Air Force really took off.

Last Updated ( Friday, 04 January 2019 16:04 )

 

WW2 stewardess named on Burgh Cenotaph

STEWARDESS from Helensburgh is one of two women named on the Helensburgh War Memorial in Hermitage Park.

Janet Todd of the Merchant Navy lost her life on March 25 1941 in one of the more controversial sinkings of World War Two.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 January 2019 16:49 )

Aircrew relaxed afloat

TODAY Rhu is home to the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club and a modern marina capable of accommodating up to 140 leisure craft . . .

But the same location during World War Two moored boats of a different type — flying boats, RAF high speed launches, pinnaces and seaplane tenders.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 January 2019 15:25 )

Sniper was Scouting pioneer

A KEY figure in the early days of scouting is buried in the old part of the graveyard at Rosneath Parish Church.

Major Frederick Maurice Crum, who died after a colourful life on October 8 1955 at his home at Kenmuir, Rosneath, at the age of 82 from heart disease, is remembered for his service to the movement in Scotland.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 01 January 2019 16:23 )

Clynder man funded Scout centre

A CLYNDER author, publisher and businessman is best known as a major benefactor of the Scouting movement.

William Frederick de Bois Maclaren bought and presented the Gilwell Park estate near the Epping Forest to his friend Robert Baden-Powell, founder and first Chief Scout of the Boy Scouts Association, for use as a scouting centre.

Last Updated ( Monday, 31 December 2018 16:58 )

Memories of MAEE air sea rescue

A FASCINATING first-hand account of life at the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment on Garelochside in World War Two was written by someone who served there.

It was obtained by retired Merseyside newspaper editor Robin Bird, who has written two books about the establishment, officially known as RAF Helensburgh although most of its activities were in Rhu.

Last Updated ( Friday, 28 December 2018 15:01 )

Life on the Gareloch training ships

TRAINING SHIPS were a way of life — and a hard one — in the Gareloch from 1869 for 54 years.

But Helensburgh and Rhu benefitted in various ways from the two former sailing ships moored off Kidston Point and the boys who lived on them.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 December 2018 17:29 )

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First 2019 Open Meeting

LocalHistory-wAt the first Open Meeting of 2019 at Helensburgh Civic Centre on Wednesday January 30 at 7.30pm Trust directors will tell the stories relating to several local images from bygone years.

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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