Note: Henry Bell’s Comet: The account book for 1820
This account of the first steam ship, which operated on the route to Fort William from September 1819, is derived from an account book of the vessel’s operation in 1820. The income and expenditure is recorded, as well as names and wages of crew. The passengers are also listed, giving a social commentary on the period as well. The wreck which ended the enterprise is evidence of the uncertain nature of such an undertaking.