COMET 1812: John Wood, Port Glasgow

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COMET 1812: John Wood, Port Glasgow

Post by Deepol » Wed Jul 24, 2013 2:46 pm

COMET, named after the Great Comet of 1811 has the accolade of being the first commercial steamship in Europe and the first Clyde steamer. She was launched on July 24th 1812 and her delivery voyage in August was from Port Glasgow to the Broomielaw, sailing back downriver to Greenock. She started the first regular steamer service on the Clyde sailing from Broomielaw Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays to Greenock returning Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Sadly competition in the first four years with services on the Firth of Clyde to the traditional resorts saw COMET outclassed by newer vessels. She moved over to the Forth where she was a moderate success, the variable tdes and currents proving too much for her small engines.She was altered and rebuilt at Helensburgh in 1819 by James Nicol.
In December 1820 she was wrecked at Craignish Point near Crinan, a sad end for such a historic ship.
A replica hull was built I believe in the North East of Scotland in 1962 and brought to Lithgow's at Port Glasgow where it was engined and launched in July to take part in the Comet 150 celebrations. It is now on permanent display in Port Glasgow Town Centre.
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Boiler being fitted at Port Glasgow
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Plan of the replica
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From the Comet book published in 1962 courtesy Colin Campbell
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Re: COMET 1812: John Wood, Port Glasgow

Post by Deepol » Wed Jul 24, 2013 2:50 pm

The 150th Anniversary celebrations in 1962 a far cry from the mediocre affair for the Bicentenary last year.
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Launch in September 1962. Again from the Comet book
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Arriving in Glasgow
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Re: COMET 1812: John Wood, Port Glasgow

Post by Deepol » Wed Jul 24, 2013 2:55 pm

The replica now at Port Glasgow
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Taken in April 2013.
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The beginning.
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Re: COMET 1812: John Wood, Port Glasgow

Post by Deepol » Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:41 am

Featured in just one of the superb paintings that are brightening up the entrance to Port Glasgow Station.
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