NS3274 : Comet replica under renovation

taken 9 years ago, near to Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, Great Britain

Comet replica under renovation
Comet replica under renovation
Doors Open Day 2010 gave the public the opportunity to see the 1962 full size replica of Europe's first commercially successful steamship "Comet" being renovated at Fergusons in port Glasgow. The original vessel was launched at John Wood's shipyard in Port Glasgow in 1812.

This photo shows the boiler and part of the engine. These will not be restored to working condition.
PS Comet Replica in Port Glasgow :: NS3174
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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Saturday, 11 September, 2010   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 16 September, 2010
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