Captain Robert Young aka “Captain Kid”

Robert Young was the Captain of the paddle steamer PS Elaine, which sailed between Glasgow and Millport.

The PS Elaine was a small paddle steamer built by Robert Duncan and Co at Port Glasgow East Yard in 1867 for Graham, Brymner and Co for the Millport trade.  It was subsequently owned by D & RN Stewart and William Buchanan.  She was broken up at Bowling in 1899.

PS Elaine (copyright McLean Museum)

PS Elaine
(copyright McLean Museum)

Robert Young was the first captain on the little ship and was known for the fact that he was very particular about his personal appearance.  He was said to change his outfit at least 3 times on each voyage and would be seen on the bridge wearing kid gloves.  This earned him the name of Captain Kid.  Robert Young was a far cry from the infamous pirate of the Spanish Main who was reputed to have come from Greenock.

Captain Robert Young (copyright McLean Museum)

Captain Robert Young
(copyright McLean Museum)