Dundee Advertiser, 25 July 1883, page 8
Suddenly, on board the steamer Saragossa in the Mediterranean, Captain John Leitch (Commodore of the Cunard Fleet). He was born at Raise Street, Saltcoats, and went to sea at 14 years of age. He joined the Cunard Line, and worked his way up to the position of Master. Deceased at 66 years of age, and had served 52 years at sea, with less than 37 being in the Cunard Company, and for the most of that long period as captain. No higher testimony can be borne to his skill and [illegible] as a navigator than to mention the fact during his career he never met with an accident or [illegible] at sea.