There was a wealth of information on that particular voyage....too much for me to note in one go, I do know that she came aground due to pilot error.
The voyage commenced on 29/8/1917 from Tilbury @0815hrs and was known as a 'Cape Mail' run.
29/9/1917 Cape Town
3/10/1917 Algoa Bay
5/10/1917 East London
15/11/1917 East London - Stranded, I believe some of the crew transferred to another Union-Castle line ship (info is at the archives)
22/3/1918 East London
24/3/1918 Algoa Bay
25/3/1918 Mossel Bay
29/3/1918 Cape Town
5/4/1918 St Helena
I got all this info from looking into BT 100/263 at Kew and from there selecting the particuar year I needed to see. My main purpose was to find out more about my Grandfather rather than the actual ship, hence I do not know the Captain's name etc.
My Grandfather was called James Bentley, he was from Blackburn, however he had moved to London firstly as dock staff at Tilbury with P&O, then he worked his way through the engineers onboard ships for Union-Castle, I know that he was a 6th Engineer onboard the Galway...After 1917 my records of him are scant, I do know that he was onboard Union-Castle ships during the 1920's but which ones I do not know....
I am trying to find a way to tell me, but keep running into brick walls...any ideas? He was eventually a Chief Engineer, then I think he left sea in about 1929 due to the birth of my father and got a job assessing boilers for insurance.