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 the 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.”

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