NS2683 : Memorial to Captain Robert Bain

taken 5 years ago, near to Rhu, Argyll And Bute, Great Britain

Memorial to Captain Robert Bain
Memorial to Captain Robert Bain, taken 5 years ago
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

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 (at Historic Environment Scotland) 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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Wednesday, 12 September, 2012   (more nearby)
Thursday, 20 September, 2012
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Burial ground, Crematorium 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 2675 8396 [10m precision]
WGS84: 56:1.0290N 4:46.8607W
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