Capt Leonard Bainton


Capt Bainton joined his first Clan Line ship in 1965 after service with South American Saint Line. His first command was Roxburgh Castle in 1970

Captain Bainton is married with two children and lives in Bradford-upon-Avon.In hisspare time he enjoys fishing and is currently taking a course in Mathematics with The Open University

From Chris Isaac

In September 1963 I made my way to King George V Dock in London to join my first ship, St John.

I was one of six deck cadets and it was normal practice in Saint Line for cadets to be treated pretty much as part of the deck crowd. That being the case my lord and master was the Chief Officer, Lenny Bainton.

The master of St John was Capt T E Roberts and he made Lenny’s life a misery at times and I do wonder if he took this out on us cadets

Like all Saint Line men he took great pride in the ship’s appearance and over the next two years I painted, scrubbed and soogeed every inch of that vessel. I cleaned all the holds in preparation for grain cargoes and dived into all the bilges to remove all sorts of nasty things.

You woud think that cadets would grow to hate such a task master but, not so, Lenny had a kind heart, a sense of humour and was above all something of an intellectual.

He believed that cadets were being trained to be officers and seamen, a philosophy I was most grateful for when I joined the officer ranks, I knew I could tell any seaman what needed to be done and if I was asked how to perform the task, I could show them. For that I am indebted to Lenny.

After Saint Line I never saw him again but was pleased that he progressed to command within B&C, he deserved it

After service with B&C he went on to become a lecturer at Warsash College


BAINTON Captain Leonard Bainton (Merchant Navy, ret'd)

Passed away on 13th August 2017.

He will be sorely missed by Judith, Geoffrey, his six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Service Record

From

To

St John

Chief Officer


2/1965

St Essylt

Chief Officer

3/1965

6/1965

Clan MacLean

Chief Officer

8/1965

3/1966

Clan MacIver

Chief Officer

10/1966

5/1970

Roxburgh Castle

Master

5/1970

7/1970

King Arthur

Master

7/1970

11/1971

Gladys Bowater

Master

7/1972

1973

Nina Bowater

Master

2/1974

12/1974

Clan MacLaren

Master

2/1975

8/1975

Clan MacIntosh

Master

6/1976

10/1976

Clan Malcolm

Master

12/1977

4/1978

Kinpurnie Castle

Master

3/1979

5/1979

Clan MacGregor

Master

1/1980

7/1980

Died

13 August 2017


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