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The cost of replacing the crumbling Comet paddle steamer has been put as high as £750,000, the Telegraph can reveal.

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All hope of restoring the iconic Comet paddle steamer replica has been sunk.

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Council bosses who have left the Comet paddle steamer replica to rot are scrambling to find a cut price solution to her appalling condition after being hit with an 'astronomical' restoration bill.
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Port Glasgow: The replica of Henry Bell's PS Comet seen in Port Glasgow in 1996, in need of some repair. This replica was built by apprentices at Lithgows shipyard in 1962.
Ewan Crawford //1996

Council bosses are keeping a £5,000 report on the crumbling Comet paddle steamer replica secret - nine months after receiving it.
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The crumbling Comet paddle steamer replica in Port Glasgow may have reached the 'point of no return', a councillor fighting to save the iconic vessel has declared.

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Port Glasgow: The replica of Henry Bell's PS Comet seen in Port Glasgow in 1996, in need of some repair. This replica was built by apprentices at Lithgows shipyard in 1962.
Ewan Crawford //1996


Plates, signs, notices etc: One of the picture panels carried by Class 320s since delivery in 1989. Henry Bell's Comet of 1812 was not the world's first paddle steam vessel but is reckoned to be the first commercial one in Europe. It was built in Port Glasgow and operated on the Clyde. In order to show the paddles the artist has opted to depict the vessel clear of the water, with the part normally below the waterline coloured red. However, together with the background, this does give it the slightly disturbing (or bad trip) appearance of hovering above the water.
David Panton 28/10/2009

The iconic Comet paddle steamer replica has reportedly been condemned after being left to rot through council inaction.
The landmark is arguably the most iconic symbol of Inverclyde's rich maritime history and no repair work has been carried out on the crumbling structure - a year after £50,000 was set aside to 'urgently' help address a catalogue of serious structural issues.
The Telegraph can reveal that the only money spent since the cash allocation was announced has been on a feasibility study into what restoration options - if any - are now available.
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Port Glasgow: The replica of Henry Bell's PS Comet seen in Port Glasgow in 1996, in need of some repair. This replica was built by apprentices at Lithgows shipyard in 1962.
Ewan Crawford //1996


Plates, signs, notices etc: One of the picture panels carried by Class 320s since delivery in 1989. Henry Bell's Comet of 1812 was not the world's first paddle steam vessel but is reckoned to be the first commercial one in Europe. It was built in Port Glasgow and operated on the Clyde. In order to show the paddles the artist has opted to depict the vessel clear of the water, with the part normally below the waterline coloured red. However, together with the background, this does give it the slightly disturbing (or bad trip) appearance of hovering above the water.
David Panton 28/10/2009

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