Inscription on the grave of Comet skipper Captain Robert Bain in Rhu Churchyard:
To the memory of
Captain Robert Bain
Born May 1788, departed this life at Fort William
December 1827. Aged 39 years.
C R Bain was appointed by H.Bell to the command of the Comet Steam Boat in 1814 by which vessel 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.
This was erected as a tribute of honour for 16 years of faithful service, By Henry Bell Engineer Helensburgh.
Cast and completely finished at The Shotts Iron Companys Works.
John Baird Manager 1829
- Photo by Ann Stewart.