Friday photo - Comet launch

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For today's photo I've chosen two in the Dan McDonald collection taken at the launch of the replica Comet in 1962.




This Comet was a replica of Henry Bell's steamship originally built in 1812 to mark its 150th anniversary.  It was built by Lithgows in Port Glasgow and Kincaid's made the engines. Until recently this replica was on display in Port Glasgow but a project has been begun to refurbish this ship ahead of the 200th anniversary in 2012.

A memoir of Henry Bell is available online here and specification details for both the 1962 Comet and the 1812 Comet are available from the Clydebuilt site.

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