CELEBRATION OF CENTENARY OF LAUNCH OF STEAMER "COMET," BUILT FOR HENRY BELL. OFFICIAL PROGRAMME, 29TH, 30TH, AND 31ST AUGUST 1912. CITY CHAMBERS, GLASGOW.

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Aird & Coghill, Glasgow, 1st.ed., 1912. 128 pp., printed on art paper, profusely illustrated with photographs, + 4 maps (all fldg., 2 cold.). Dark green cloth ; gilt lettering, thistle decoration & 2 armorial devices to front board ; marbled endpapers ; fine cold. front wrapper bound in. 22 x 13cm. Very slight shelf-wear ; leaf edges very lightly foxed o/w an exceptionally bright & FINE copy. Several interesting cuttings tipped in, regarding the COMET replica of 1962. [ See also, Item No. 39 ] The paddle-steamer COMET was built for Henry Bell who operated the first successful commercial steamship service in Europe, carrying passengers down the Clyde from Glasgow to Greenock. COMET was wrecked near Oban in 1820. In 1912, Glasgow showed its pride in this historic achievement by organizing a programme of celebrations to mark the centenary. This included an exhibition of British Steam Navigation, shipping displays, fireworks, and events from Glasgow to Greenock ; Helensburgh to Rothesay. The many warships on display included Jellicoe’s flagship HMS HERCULES (Captain Ronald A. Hopwood) ; plus a wide array of merchant ships (all illustrated) from the liner LUSITANIA to the four-masted barque LOCH TORRIDON, with vessels from ocean cargo ships to coasters ; tugs to private steam yachts. There is a list of Clyde shipbuilding yards with vessels under construction at the time (with many photographs of the yards) ; a programme of events ; a list of the organizers ; music aboard the COLUMBA, etc. In addition to the many photographs of ships, portraits, steam engines and shipping yards, there are four folding maps of harbour towns, and the Clyde in 1662, 1812, and 1912. An exceptionally FINE copy of a SCARCE and attractive souvenir of this historic occasion.


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