Capt H S Warleigh

From My Life at Sea by Commander W Caius Crutchley

SS Roman 1870

My new captain was somewhat of a revelation. He received me as one gentleman would another, and when he chose he could be particularly agreeable.

His appearance was decidedly prepossessing, and he had a pair of steely blue eyes that could on occasions show a very lurid light. Let me say at once that I always found him a kind friend, though years afterwards we had differences of opinion.

Warleigh was a very fine character and would have been an ornament to any service; he was not, however, physically strong, having suffered greatly from fever contracted on the Mauritius service.

When he had asked me some few questions as to where I had been and what I did there, he called to the chief officer, whose name was Coathupe, and introduced me to him in the following manner: “Curly, this is our new third, show him round and help him feel his feet, will you?”

The freedom of speech, I afterwards learnt, was owing to the fact that Warleigh had only been promoted the previous voyage, and as he and Coathupe had been great friends when officers together, the skipper was on more free and easy terms with his chief than would otherwise have been the case.

Service Record

From

To

Saxon

3rd Officer

3/1864

9/1864

Roman

Chief Officer

11/1865

2/1867

Cambrian

Chief Officer

2/1868

11/1869

Roman

Master

7/1870

10/1870

Briton

Master

6/1871

9/1871

Saxon

Master

10/1871

1/1872

Celt

Master

3/1872

1/1873

Danube

Master

2/1983

1875

Nyanza

Master

11/1875

8/1877

Durban

Master

11/1877

1/1882

Athenian

Master

3/1882

12/1886

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