Capt Alex Garrett

From My Life at Sea by Commander W Caius Crutchley

SS Roman 1870

We got a new chief officer named Alex J. Garrett, a man as strong as Hercules and as obstinate as a mule, a good sailor, and a good friend where he took a fancy.

He was very good to me, and gave me the run of his father’s house in Southampton.

I may say that his father was a clergyman, but Garrett’s proclivities did not run that way much; he had been trained in one of the old Blackwall liners of Smith’s, and represented the type of officer capable of filling any position with credit.

He had a short and effective way of managing the crew, and rejoiced in the nickname of “three-fingered Jack.”

Service Record

From

To

Celt

3rd Officer

6/1866

9/1867

Celt

3rd Officer

2/1868

5/1868

Norseman

2nd Officer

3/1869

6/1869

Celt

2nd Officer

7/1869

10/1869

Cambrian

2nd Officer

11/1869

9/1870

Roman

Chief Officer

1870

1/1872

Syria

Chief Officer

7/1872

1873

Roman

Master

12/1873

5/1874

Celt

Master

6/1874

9/1874

Kafir

Master

2/1875

1875

Syria

Master

1875

1875

Asiatic

Master

1/1878

4/1878

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