Union-Castle fleet and my voyages with the Line 1964-67

Final departure of RMMV Stirling Castle from Cape Town, 5th August 1965. This was the last scheduled Thursday 4pm UCL sailing from CT after many years of the tradition. The next Wednesday, RMS Windsor Castle started the new day, also at 4pm.

Ship's name

Service

Launch/Trip

Power/Builders/Rank

Len/Width/Drft

GRT

Demise/Captain:Purser/Passgrs.

Stirling Castle

1936-1965

15 /07/ 1935

MV Harland & Wolff

734 x 83 x 24

25 550

Scrapped     FC 175 TC 500

Sailed Southampton

1/65-3/65

Cape Mail

Purser's Clerk

First Voyage

 

Captain D. Sowden: Wynter

Sailed Southampton

3/65-4/65

Cape Mail

Purser's Clerk

Mossel Bay  

Captain D. Sowden: Wynter

Sailed Southampton

5/65-6/65

Cape Mail

Purser's Clerk

Mossel Bay  

Captain D. Sowden: Wynter

Sailed Southampton

7/65-8/65

Cape Mail

Purser's Clerk

Last Trip Proplr

 

Captain D. Sowden: Wynter

Braemar Castle

1952-1965

05 /04/ 1952

SS Harland & Wolff

576 x 74 x 20

17 029

Scrapped     OC 450

Sailed London

9/65-11/65

East Africa

Purser's Clerk

Last Trip

 

Captain R. Wright: Morley

Edinburgh Castle

1948-1976

16 /10/ 1947

SS Harland & Wolff

747 x 84 x25

28 705

Scrapped     FC 195 TC 498

Sailed Southampton

12/65-1/66

Cape Mail

Purser's Clerk

Xmas BayBiscy  

Commodore W. Byles: Wynter

Sailed Southampton

2/66-3/66

Cape Mail

Purser's Clerk

Left for CTC

 

Commodore W. Byles: Wynter

CapeTown Castle

1938-1967

23 /09/ 1937

MV Harland & Wolff

734 x 83 x 24

27 002

Scrapped  OC was FC 192 TC 499

Sailed Southampton

3/66-5/66

St.Helena/CT

Assistant Purser

Atlantic Isles

 

Captain D. Sowden: Funnell

Sailed Southampton

5/66-6/66

WalvisBay/CT

Assistant Purser

Ran aground

 

Captain G. Matthews: Funnell

Edinburgh Castle

1948-1976

16 /10/ 1947

SS Harland & Wolff

747 x 84 x25

28 705

Scrapped     FC 195 TC 498

Sailed Southampton

7/66-8/66

CM & At.Isles

Assistant Purser

1st after strike

 

Commodore W. Byles: Wynter

Sailed Southampton

8/66-10/66

Cape Mail

Assistant Purser

CT Assassintn  

Commodore W. Byles: Wynter

Sailed Southampton

10/66-10/66

Cape Mail

Assistant Purser

Visit Pretoria &

 

Commodore W. Byles: Wynter

Sailed Durban

11/66-11/66

Cape Mail

Assistant Purser

Johannesburg

 

Commodore W. Byles: Wynter

Sailed Southampton

11/66-1/67

Cape Mail

Assistant Purser

Xmas in SA  

Commodore W. Byles: Wynter

Sailed Southampton

1/67-2/67

Cape Mail

Assistant Purser

Boxing/Wrstlg.  

Commodore W. Byles: Wynter

Sailed Southampton

3/67-3/67

Cape Mail

Assistant Purser

To WC in CT

 

Commodore W. Byles: Wynter

Windsor Castle

1960-1977

23 /06/ 1959

SS CamelLairdBhead.

785 x 93 x 26

37 647

Sold (MargaritaL) FC 239 TC 591

Sailed Cape Town

3/67-4/67

Cape Mail

Assistant Purser

Ex EdinburghC

 

Captain P. Hort: Funnell

Sailed Southampton

4/67-5/67

Cape Mail

Assistant Purser

Left for RDM  

Captain P. Hort: Funnell

Reina Del Mar

1964-1975

1956

SS Harland & Wolff

601 x 78 x 20

20 263

Scrapped     OC 950

Sailed Southampton

5/67-6/67

Mediterranian

Assistant Purser

Cad.Can.Bar.G.

 

Captain J. James: Rutt

Sailed Southampton

6/67-6/67

Canaries/Mad.

Assistant Purser

G.LP.Can.M.L

 

Captain R. Wright: Dyer

Sailed Southampton

6/67-7/67

Mediterranian

Assistant Purser

G.Ni.Gen.Na.L

 

Captain J. James: Dyer

Sailed Southampton

7/67-7/67

Baltic/Russia

Assistant Purser

Last Voy HCLB

 

Captain J. James: Dyer

Athlone Castle

1936-1965

28 /11/ 1935

MV Harland & Wolff

734 x 83 x 24

25 564

Scrapped                   FC 175 TC 500

Kenya Castle

1951-1967

21 /06/ 1951

SS Harland & Wolff

576 x 74 x 20

17 042

Sold (Amerikanis)    OC 450

Pendennis Castle

1959-1976

24 /12/ 1957

SS Harland & Wolff

763 x 84 x 24

28 442

Sold (Ocean Queen) FC197 TC 473

Pretoria Castle

1948-1966

19 /08/ 1947

SS Harland & Wolff

747 x 84 x 25

28 705

Renamed SA Oranje FC 195 TC 498

Rhodesia Castle

1951-1967

05 /04/ 1951

SS Harland & Wolff

576 x 74 x 20

17 038

Scrapped                    OC 450

Transvaal Castle

1962-1966

17 /01/ 1961

SS JohnBrownClydebk

760 x 90 x 26

30 212

Renamed SA Vaal     HC 731

S. A. Oranje

1966-1975

19 /08/ 1947

SS Harland & Wolff

747 x 84 x 25

28 705

Ex Pretoria Castle Scrapped

S. A. Vaal

1966-1977

17 /01/ 1961

SS JohnBrownClydebk

760 x 90 x 26

30 212

Ex TransvaalCastle Sold(Festivale)