NS2683 : Memorial to Captain Robert Bain

near to Rhu, Argyll And Bute, Great Britain

Memorial to Captain Robert Bain
Memorial to Captain Robert Bain
The flat stone (actually iron) is located in the kirkyard of NS2684 : Rhu Parish Church, and lies to the south-east of the church. The elegantly-carved inscription is worth reproducing in full:

"To the Memory of Captain Robert Bain, born May 1788, departed this Life at Fort William, Dec. 1827, aged 39 years.
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C R Bain was appointed by H Bell, to the command of the Comet Steam Boat in 1814, by which Vessel a communication was opened up between the Western Islands of Scotland and Glasgow, through the Crinan Canal in July 1819. He was the first Captain who commanded a Vessel from Sea to Sea, through the great Caledonian Canal, in 1822.
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This was erected as a tribute of honour, for 16 years faithful service,
By Henry Bell, Engineer, Helensburgh.
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Cast and completely finished At The Shotts Iron Company's Works
John Baird Manager
1829."

Henry Bell, mentioned here, is buried not far away in the same kirkyard: NS2684 : The tomb of Henry Bell.

A NS3082 : Flywheel from P.S. Comet is displayed on the shore at Helensburgh, about 2 miles away, NS3082 : Beside the East Esplanade, along with an NS3082 : Anvil used by Henry Bell. See also NS3174 : History of PS Comet.
Rhu Parish Church :: NS2684
The present-day church (1851), the third to stand on this site, is by William Spence, with later additions (c.1891) by Honeyman and Keppie; see its listed building report LinkExternal link for further details. A portion of the wall of the second church (1763) survives in the kirkyard, where it forms part of a memorial to James Buchanan of Craigend Castle.
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Burial ground, Crematorium 
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Rhu 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 2675 8396 [10m precision]
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