Capt Reginald A Leigh

From My Life at Sea by Commander W Caius Crutchley

SS Roman 1870

Reginald Leigh, the “second,” was a man with a very keen sense of humour, never at a loss for a reply to any curious remark that might be addressed to him, and altogether gifted with a flow of language that on occasion compelled even the admiration of the victim to whom it might be addressed.

I could tell amusing stories on this subject, but think I will refrain from details. Indications of them may appear, however, in future pages.

Leigh made my acquaintance with a humorous grin, observed that “It was a good dog that barked when it was told,” that was his motto, and would I just relieve him for a little time with the tally book?

He and I had to share the same cabin, and we were on very good terms, the one difference of opinion being that he abhorred tobacco, while I and my pipe were good friends.

When the ship was not full of passengers the captain gave permission for the third to use one of the saloon cabins, and indeed the fashion in the service was for every one to be made as comfortable as possible.

Service Record

From

To

Anglian

3rd Officer

3/1867

1867

Briton

3rd Officer

1/1868

7/1869

Briton

2nd Officer

7/1869

6/1870

Roman

2nd Officer

7/1870

1872

Briton

2nd Officer

5/1872

1872

Norseman

Chief Officer

9/1872

12/1872

Asiatic

Chief Officer

1/1873

5/1873

African

Chief Officer

1/1874

1/1877

Danube

Chief Officer

2/1877

9/1877

Durban

Chief Officer

11/1877

6/1878

Asiatic

Master

12/1878

3/1879

Teuton

Master

3/1879

1/1880

African

Master

4/1880

1880

Asiatic

Master

10/1880

12/1881

Arab

Master

2/1882

10/1882

Nubian

Master

1/1887


Left company and became Port Captain at Cape Town

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