David was born Dysert, Fife Scotland. He joined HMS Sirius 28 Oct 1786 at Deptford, aged 27 years. He was promoted to Quarter Gunner 6 Feb 1789. Spelling variations of his name include Bear, Bain, Baird and Bean.
David was stranded on Norfolk Island in Mar 1790 after the shipwreck of HMS Sirius, being mustered on 20 Mar 1790 on Norfolk Island after the shipwreck. He drowned while helping to unload provisions and passengers from the Justinian and the Surprize, on 17 Aug 1790 at Cascade Bay.
Tuesday 17th Fine Moderate weather the Ships came into the Bay about 8 oClock the Boats went of to them to Land the Provisions Stores people &c. the Large cutter Beloning to the Sirius in coming on shore from the Surprize with 4 four casks of Salt Provisions Six women Convicts and a Young child beloning to one of the women Just as the Boat was coming into the passaged a Surf Struck the Boat and nearly filld her as well as forced the Boat on the Reef the next Sea that came Struck the Boat again and She parted in the middle when every body in the Boat was floating about in the Surf in the Sight of near five hundred people within a few Yeards of use and we could give them very little assistance the Tide running too Strong by which accident Jas. Coventry, David Bain, two Seamen belonging to the Sirius who were part of the Boats Crue, Johnstone, Caddy, Chaffey and the child were all drowned as also Jno. Roberts a Convict who went in to assist them was also drowned the mother of the child is one of the three women that are Saved it was a Shocking Sight to See So many of our fellow creatures Strugling for life and we only able to give them very little Assistance and that little at the Risk of our own lives I had my Coat of to goe in to there assistance and Should have gone if one of the Convicts had not advised me not to goe in and I am now very Glad that I did not for it is very likely but what I should have Shard the Same fate that Jno. Roberts did the other boats have been Empd.[i]
[i] Ralph Clark, The Journal and Letters of Lt. Ralph Clark 1787-1792.