NS3174 : Comet Stone

taken 10 years ago, near to Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, Great Britain

Comet Stone
Comet Stone
A remarkably detailed carved stone showing tradesmen and tools involved in the construction of Henry Bell's Comet in 1812. The top half of the stone is missing. Origin unknown, presumably from a local building. The stone is located on a plinth beside the Comet replica in Port Glasgow NS3174 : The Comet.
PS Comet Replica in Port Glasgow
The replica was built by local shipyard apprentices in 1961/2 to mark the 150th anniversary of the launch of the original PS Comet on 24th July 1812. On 2nd September 1962, she sailed under steam from Port Glasgow to Helensburgh (home of Henry Bell, owner of the original PS Comet) with a dozen local dignitaries on board.

On her return from Helensburgh she was removed from the water and kept in storage in a local shipyard. When the A8 road was realigned in the mid 1970s, the replica was placed in an ornamental pond in a car park opposite Port Glasgow Town hall.

The road was realigned again in 2007 and a new plinth was provided close to the original location. In 2010, she was removed to Ferguson's shipyard in the town for much needed remedial work and she was returned to her present location in pristine condition on 5th June 2011. Unfortunately it was not feasible to restore the engine as it would have entailed complete dismantling of the ship.

Comet was the first commercially successful steam ship in Europe. She was built by John Wood of Port Glasgow for Henry bell of Helensburgh and she plied her trade on the River Clyde between Greenock and Glasgow, occasionally venturing out via the Crinan Canal to Oban. Comet was wrecked at Craignish Point, near Oban, on 13 December 1820. One of her engines (by John Robertson of Neilston LinkExternal link ) can be seen in the Science Museum in London.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 30 June, 2007   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 4 July, 2007
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Architectural detail > Architectural detail   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 319 746 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.1431N 4:41.5044W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 319 746
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