2015 Additions

6 Jan 2015

Union-Castle Ships

Replacement photograph of   York Castle

7 Jan 2015

Union-Castle Ships

Clan Line Ships

Replacement photograph of   Dromore Castle

Replacement photograph of   Clan Lindsay

9 Jan 2015

British & Commonwealth Staff

New entry for   John Caitens

18 Jan 2015

Home Page

Addition of   Houston Line Cap Badge

20 Jan 2015

Union-Castle Ships

Improved picture of   Eider


22 Jan 2015

Union-Castle Advertising

Union-Castle Ships

Two posters of 1930s

Picture of   Newark Castle

25 Jan 2015

Union-Castle Ships


Picture of   Dunluce Castle   as a hospital ship


29 Jan 2015

Union-Castle Staff


Union-Castle Ships

New pages for:   John D M Taylor,   John Kirkham ,   Andrew Quarrie,   Gerry Challis,   and   Peter Stogdale.

A 24 page brochure of   Pretoria Castle   issued for maiden voyage

A 16 page brochure of   Pendennis Castle   issued for her maiden voyage

30 Jan 2015

Union-Castle Ships

British & Commonwealth Staff

Picture of   Braemar Castle (2)   as a WW1 hospital ship.

New entry for   David Brunskill   This includes a fascinating account of his time with Hansa Line under the exchange scheme operated for cadets.


31 Jan 2015

Home Page

A very significant entry for me, at last I have found the cap badge for my old company   South American Saint Line


2 Feb 2015

Home Page

Clan Line Ships

And now the set is complete I have been able to add the cap badge for Scottish Shire Line

A very sad picture of   Clan MacIntyre   wrecked on the Italian coast as Eastern Express

7 Feb 2015

British & Commonwealth Staff

New entry for   Tim Tearle


11 Feb 2015

Union-Castle Voyages

Over the last couple of weeks a passenger on Reina Del Mar’s southbound trip to Cape Town from Flushing in December 1967 has narrated and illustrated the voyage on the Union-Castle page in Facebook. That story is now published with some additional illustrations

12 Feb 2015

Union-Castle Ships


Round Africa Voyage


A 24 page brochure of   Stirling   and   Athlone   Castles issued initially before the war and then re-issued after their conversion back from war-time duties.

A great aerial picture of the   Royal Docks   showing one of the Intermediates

A painting of   Clan MacTaggart   in the River Thames

A card showing   Adderley Street   in Cape Town

17 Feb 2015

Clan Line Ships

A photograph of   Clan Lindsay   ashore near East London in 1898

18 Feb 2015

Union-Castle Ships

Extract from souvenir of last voyage of   Windsor Castle

19 Feb 2015

Union-Castle Voyages



Union-Castle Timetables

Distances and Other Tables.   A book first published in 1899 authored by Benjamin Chave. This is the third edition published in 1907 and gives courses and distances between all the regular Union-Castle ports of call. This was of particular importance as this was before the days of radio and ship’s whereabouts needed to be known.

Fares and Sailings valid from    April 1974 to September 1975

24 Feb 2015

King Line Ships

Union-Castle Ships

At last a photograph of   King Lud (1)

An invitation to lunch aboard   Capetown Castle  on the occasion of her maiden voyage. Some additional material regarding Chief Engineer Stanley Logan who lost his life as a result of the explosion in Las Palmas.

26 Feb 2015

Union-Castle Timetables

Fares and Sailings from   July 1956

3 Mar 2015

Union-Castle Ships

Union-Castle Staff

A series of correspondence regarding the loss of   Alnwick Castle

A series of photographs taken by Capt Sir Benjamin Chave

4 Mar 2015

Castle Line Staff

From the collection of Sir B Chave are photos of:

R E H Becher   G W Jenkins   T M Vincent   H P Lowcay

5 Mar 2015

British & Commonwealth Staff

New entry for   Alex McCutcheon

12 Mar 2015

Castle Line

Union Line

New home page for Castle Line

New home page for Union Line

18 Mar 2015

Castle Line & Union Line

South American Saint Line Ships

Union-Castle Ships

Ongoing incorporation of the history of the ships and staff of the two companies

A very stylish passenger contract and Christmas menu for   St Essylt

A brochure published to announce the coming into service of   Windsor Castle

23 Mar 2015

Union Line Ships

Union Line Staff

Some pictorial additions to the story of the wreck of   Teuton

Additions to the pages of   Capt Edward Manning   and Chief Officer Eugene Wardroper   of Teuton

24 Mar 2015

British & Commonwealth Staff

New entry for   Derek Colley

25 Mar 2015

Union Line Ships

Wreck and Inquest reports on   Dane   European   Namaqua   and   Nubian

26 Mar 2015

Art Gallery

Paintings of   Alice Bowater   Carnarvon Castle   Windsor Castle   Tintagel Castle   Clan Macinnes    Clan Menzies   and   Athlone Castle

27 Mar 2015

Union Line Staff

New entry for   John Cutler

30 Mar 2015

Clan Line Ships

A “bow on” photograph of   Clan Chattan   clearly showing the hull form of a turret ship

31 Mar 2015

Art Gallery

Paintings of   Carnarvon Castle   and    Nina Bowater

4 May 2015

Entire Site

Over the last month the site has undergone considerable maintainance.

Union Line, Castle Line are now amalgamated into the Union-Castle Line section.

The Art Gallery has been removed and the pictures now appear with each ship’s page.

6 May 2015

Union-Castle Ships

New 1st pictures of   African (2)   and   Arundel Castle (1)

11 May 2015

Union-Castle Ships

A series of illustrations taken from The Graphic of November 1881 showing a voyage from England to Natal on   Arab

12 May 2015

King Line Ships

From the booklet “Idyll of Kings by Alan Mallett I have found 3 pictures of ships to add:

King Cadwallon (3),   King David (1)   and   King Howel (1)

13 May 2015

Union-Castle Line

In 1956 The British Transport Commission published a booklet announcing the opening of the new Berth 102 in Southamton.

15 May 2015

King Line Ships

From the booklet “Idyll of Kings by Alan Mallett I have found 3 pictures of ships to add:

King David (2),   King John (1)   and   King Stephen

15 May 2015

Union-Castle Ships

A letter card sent in 1905 on a southbound voyage of   German.

18 May 2015

Clan Line Staff


Union-Castle Staff


Union-Castle Ships

British & Commonwealth Staff

New photograph and wartime reference to   Capt. L W Gibbins

New entry and wartime reference for   Capt. E Coultas

New entry for   Capt. K N MacKenzie

New entry for   Antony Trew

Addition of “Eagle” cutaway picture of   Windsor Castle

New entry for   Chris Penny

19 May 2015

Union-Castle Staff



South American Saint Line Documents

Three generations of the Inkson Family served ashore and afloat. Several pages are added on this Union-Castle dynasty. This link is to the senior member   George Inkson

New entry for   Ernest Quarless

Two documents: The first is a brochure issued at the time of the coming into service of   St Essylt and St Thomas   in 1949. Interesting to see the fantastically high standard of accomodation provided for all on board.

The second was published as an   Annex to Sea Breezes   in December 1949

20 May 2015

Scottish Shire Line Ships

New photograph of   Ayrshire (1)

22 May 2015

South American Saint Line Ships

South American Saint Line Staff


Springbok Line Ships

New photographs of the launch and engine room of   St Essylt (2).

New entry for   Trevor Haworth

New entry for   Colin Osmond

New photograph of   Gemsbok

24 May 2015

Clan Line Ships

New photographs of   Clan Campbell (2)   and  Clan MacInnes (1)   and a sketch of   Clan Forbes (1)

27 May 2015

Bowater Ships


Union-Castle Ships

A series of pictures sent to me by   Simon Jackson   of   Phyllis Bowater   on her last voyage before disposal in 1972

A series of pictures sent to me by   Tony White   of life on board   Good Hope Castle

29 May 2015


Clan Line Staff

Union-Castle Staff

South American Saint Line Staff

British & Commonwealth Staff


British & Commonwealth Staff

Clan Line Staff

Union-Castle Staff


Clan Line Staff

Obituaries from Old Pangbournians for:

Tom Cottrell   and   Stuart De Casembroot

Neil Langford,   Hamish Renton   and   Maurice Melsom

John Turner

Rodney Stone-Pearn

Obituaries from Old Conways for:

Andrew Douglas

W E Gale   and   Ian Grindrod

Ken Hogg,   Rodney Kenyon,   Hatfield Lawton   and   John Edwards


Obituary of a name familiar to many of the ex sea staff   Chris Abbott

30 May 2015


Union-Castle Staff

Clan Line Staff

Bowater Staff

Obituaries for:

Donald Solley

Donald Twells,   Iain Crawford,   Robert Ogston   and   John Smith

Tom Kearsey

1 Jun 2015


Union-Castle Staff

Obituary for:

Malcolm Chisholm

6 Jun 2015

South American Saint Line


I have recently acquired over 30 issues of the Saint Line House Magazine, Reef Knot.

As a result I have been able to add a great number of pages related to both staff and ships. These can be accessed via the Saint Line Homepage

7 June 2015

Clan Line Staff

Union-Castle Staff


South American Saint Line Ships

New entry for   George Taylor

New entries for   Robert Mullins   John Havers   Sam McClusky   Maxwell Cranna    Joyce Clemo   Andrew Saunders

Some first hand accounts of war time losses of   St Elwyn (1)   St Margaret (1)   Orminster   St Merriel (1)   and   Ripley

Reports on the grounding in Madagascar and subsequent repairs to   St Margaret (2)

Several reports of the cruising activities of the Cadet Training Ship   St Briavels

9 Jun 2015

Union-Castle Documents

A sixteen page booklet published in the early 60s entitled   Cruising Holidays in the Sun

10 Jun 2015

Union-Castle Staff

Clan Line Staff

New entries for:   Peter Watts   Michael Eavis   and   Chris Jones

New entry for:   James Riach

12 Jun 2015

British & Commonwealth Staff

New entries for:   Paul Whyte   and   John Fairclough

18 Jun 2015

Royal Navy

Another splendid painting by Jim Rae. This one depicts  HMS Lamont   at The Tail o The Bank

20 Jun 2015


Union-Castle Staff


Bowater Staff

From the website unithistories.com   

The war records of   Commodore RAD Cambridge   and   Capt CW Armstrong  S Hagan   Capt MS Hodson   Commodore NM Lloyd   Commodore DW Sowden   and JF Trickey

Capt DC Kennedy

22 Jun 2015

British & Commonwealth Staff

New entries for:   John Third   Robert Thompson   Steve Gobbi   and   Jeremy Rugge-Price

27 Jun 2015

Clan Line Staff & Ships

Union-Castle Ships

New entry for   Commodore Frank Stenson   and the loss of   Clan Chisholm (2)   plus a note of the involvement of Warwick Castle (3)   in the rescue of survivors


29 Jun 2015

Union-Castle Ships

An illustration of “Trips Round The Isle of Wight” aboard   Mexican


30 Jun 2015

Bowater Ships

A charming additional photo of   Constance Bowater   taken in the Welland Canal


3 Jul 2015

Bowater Ships

Union-Castle Ships

Press photograph of the launch of   Sarah Bowater

Photograph of the tug   Ulundi

4 Jul 2015

CI Shipping

Photographs of   Everett F Wells

6 Jul 2015

Bowater Ships

British & Commonwealth Staff

Interesting statistics of a season on the Great Lakes with   Gladys Bowater

New entries for   James Forbes Simpson   and   Mike Worth

11 Jul 2015

Clan Line Staff

New entry recounting an display of great bravery by   F J Liddle  of Clan Farquhar

17 Jul 2015

Union-Castle Timetables

Provisional mail ship sailings from   May 1957 to April 1958

23 Jul 2015


A noteable milestone passed today. The site now exceeds 3000 pages.

24 Jul 2015

British & Commonwealth Staff


Union-Castle Timetables

Union-Castle Staff

Three engineer’s Certificates of Service for   Mr J Lloyd   for his service aboard Durban Castle, Riebeeck Castle and Rhodesia Castle in 1959 and 1960

A first class ticket from   Aug 1903   for passage from Southampton to Capetown

New entry for   Dennis Goldsbrough

29 Jul 2015

Union-Castle Documents

Clan Line Ships

Published in the late 1950s, a colour brochure entitled   “See Colourful Africa”

The press release on the launch of   Clan MacNab

4 Aug 2015

British & Commonwealth Staff

New entry for   David North

7 Aug 2015

Union-Castle Ships

A painting by   John Stobart   of   Braemar Castle   at Mombasa

12 Aug 2015

British & Commonwealth Staff

Update to the page of   Robin Plumley   concerning his award of MBE in January 2015

17 Aug 2015

Union-Castle Staff


Union-Castle Documents

New entry for   William A Purse   Discharge and Pension Records documenting his career path from 1924 and his first trip as 9th Engineer on Balmoral Castle to Chief Engineer on Capetown Castle in 1962.

The brochure for the   Union-Castle Centenary Voyage.

19 Aug 2015

Hector Whaling Ships

A rare picture of   Hector Halcyon   on her only voyage under B&C colours.

20 Aug 2015

Union-Castle Ships

A dramatic black & white picture of   Windsor Castle (3)   on trials

28 Aug 2015

Clan Line Ships

A colour photo of South African Seafarer aground on Sea Point. She was ex   Clan Shaw

29 Aug 2015

Union-Castle Documents

A brochure entitled   One-Class (Cabin) Ships  featuring the post-war Intermediate vessels: Rhodesia Castle, Kenya Castle, Braemar Castle and Bloemfontein Castle.

30 Aug 2015

Union-Castle Ships

A lovely pencil drawing by David Hendrickson of   Braemar Castle   entering Naples

4 Sep 2015

Union-Castle Ships

To commemorate the recent 75th anniversary of the first Russian Convoy (Operation Dervish). The artist Jim Rae was asked to paint a couple of pictures that could be presented to the Russians to mark the event. These are his paintings of   Llanstephan Castle   at Archangel

8 Sep 2015

Clan Line Ships

Scottish Shire Line Ships

Home Page

New picture of   Clan Menzies (1)

New picture of   Buteshire (3)   in Scottish Shire Line livery

New link to   Catalogue of Artists

18 Sep 2015

Union-Castle Ships

Safmarine Mailships Staff

A very nice picture of the steam tender   Falcon   in Southampton Water

New entry for   Kieron Cox

20 Sep 2015

Union-Castle Ships


A picture of the Liberty Ship   Samflora

21 Sep 2015

Safmarine Mailships Staff

Clan Line Staff


A picture of and obituariesof    Commodore Robin Thomson

Wartime memorabilia owned by   Francis Liddle

22 Sep 2015

Union-Castle Ships


A new picture of the passenger tender based at Port Elizabeth,   Talana

24 Sep 2015

Scottish Shire Line Ships

Union-Castle Timetables

Argyllshire (1)   at Melbourne in her WW1 war paint

Fares and sailings for Mail Ships and Intermediates for   October 1957

28 Sep 2015

Union-Castle Ships

A very nice set of colour pictures of   Roxburgh Castle.   Taken by   Brian Spiller   while he was her 3rd Officer

29 Sep 2015

Union-Castle Ships

A picture of a single first class cabin on   Edinburgh Castle.   Austere by  today’s standards

5 Oct 2015

British & Commonwealth Staff

New entry for   Sheila Lampkin   Good pictures of life on Windsor Castle in the early 70s, plenty of faces that need identification.

10 Oct 2015

Clan Line Ships

Scottish Tankers Ships

1975 Cadet entry photograph on   Clan Malcolm

1981/82 Deck Officers on board   Scottish Lion

13 Oct 2015

Union-Castle Ships

A collection of interior shots on board:   Arundel Castle (4)   Capetown Castle   Carnarvon Castle   Dunnottar Castle   and    Llangibby Castle

23 Oct 2015

Union-Castle Ships

Three pictures of ships during their days with Union Line:

The Durban based passenger tender   Natal (2),  The mail ships   Scot   and   Greek

I suspect that both of the ships are pictured at Durban and include one of the passenger tender   Panther

24 Oct 2015

Union Line

In 1892 a book was published entitled   “South Africa as a Health Resort”

Included in the book are some interesting photographs of South African Ports as they  were before the end of the 19th century.  It also gives details of fares and conditions of carriage.

This addition is a significant landmark as this site now contains exactly 10,000 images

28 Oct 2015

British & Commonwealth Staff

New entry for   David Sims

31 Oct 2015

Union-Castle Ships



Union-Castle Advertising

A very interesting lunch menu from   Dunvegan Castle (1)   dated Feb 1919 it is signed by several British officers returning from “France to Blighty”

A water colour by Jim Rae of   Gascon at Mudros   during the Gallipoli campaign

A poster from   1965   aimed at attracting tourists from United States

4 Nov 2015

Union-Castle Timetables

In   June 1962   Capt G W B Lloyd in command of  Edinburgh Castle published a sheet for the passengers giving times of passing salient landmarks and company mail ships

6 Nov 2015

Library

A review of a very recent publication   Sailing Like Clockwork

I have reviewed this book, it will make a great addition to anyone’s collection of Union-Castle’s history

Library

A new   Library   section that contains details and reviews of published works about the companies, their ships and people. Reviews and comments are very welcome and will be added to each books site page.

6 Nov 2015

British & Commonwealth Staff

Union-Castle Staff

Clan Line Ships

A new entry for   Howard Grieve

A new entry for   Jim Mosley

Press cuttings related to the sinking in 1940 of   Clan Stuart

8 Nov 2015

Union-Castle Ships

I have uploaded and transcribed a wonderful letter from “Jack to Peggy “ dated November 1934. Jack wrote this letter aboard the Internediate Steamer   Dunluce Castle  on his voyage to The Cape

9 Nov 2015

Union-Castle Ships

A drawing of  the sailing ship   Tantallon Castle (1)

12 Nov 2015

Clan Line Staff

British & Commonwealth Staff

New entry for   Capt. George Young

New entry for   Jae Jones

21 Nov 2015

Union-Castle Staff

New entry for   Reg Payn   and his war-time experiences

23 Nov 2015

Bullard, King Ships



Library

A new picture of   Congella

A painting probably depicting   Pongola

A painting of   Priscilla

A booklet relating the story of an ill fated voyage from St Kilda to Australia in 1852 entitled   From Hirta to Port Phillip

1 Dec 2015

Union-Castle Staff

Union-Castle Ships


King Line Ships

A new page for   Unknown Faces   I would be grateful for any identification

A picture of   Rovuma   lying alongside Grantully Castle

Life boat drill aboard   Grantully Castle

A new and clear picture of   King David (2)

2 Dec 2015

Library

New entry for   Ships and South Africa   by Marischal Murray

4 Dec 2015

South American Saint Line Staff

New entries for:   H.Gittins,   S.Davies,   A.A. Havers,   R.H. Davis,   O.Hill,   H.Tock.

5 Dec 2015

Houston Line Ships

A painting of   Harmodius (1)

Record of the war loss of   Harmodius (2)

New picture of   Hesperides (2)

6 Dec 2015

South American Saint Line Staff

In 1943 the Saint Line vessel   St Usk   was torpedoed and sunk off the Brazilian coast. In command of one of the life boats was   Capt. Edward Martyn   then serving as Chief Officer. During his voyage to safety he kept a pencil log, this, I have transcribed for easy reading.

7 Dec 2015

South American Saint Line Staff

New entry for   Ronald McIntosh   including a chapter from his biography “Turbulent Times”

New entry for   Peter Lee   with reference to his book “This is My Story”

8 Dec 2015

Union-Castle Ships

A survivors story of the sinking of   Windsor Castle (2)   in 1943

10 Dec 2015

Union-Castle Ships

British & Commonwealth Staff

An interesting photo of   Kinnaird Castle   during her transition from being South African Scientist

An update to the service record of   David Jackson

11 Dec 2015

British & Commonwealth Staff

New entry for   James Hutton

20 Dec 2015

Library

New entry for   Fifty Thrilling Years at Sea   the autobiography of   Capt G J Whitfield   

22 Dec 2015

Union-Castle Ships

I have transcribed 3 letters written to Capt B Chave that recount his bravery and conduct following the torpedoing of   Alnwick Castle.

24 Dec 2015

Union-Castle Ships

August 1914 six ships were requisitioned by The Admiralty for use as troopships. They sailed in convoy from Cape Town with over 4000 troops:   Balmoral Castle   Dunluce Castle   Briton   Guelph   Goorkha   Kenilworth Castle

28 Dec 2015

Union-Castle Staff

Union-Castle Ships

New entry and request for information about   William Adonis Butler

An article published in “The Engineer” about the coming into service of   Gascon

A photograph of the launch of   Roxburgh Castle (1)

30 Dec 2015

Union-Castle Staff


“Tickets” of three members of the same family   Thomas Stewart   Hugh Stewart   and   Andrew Stewart

31 Dec 2015

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