British & Commonwealth
There are four “organisations” that hold regular reunions: The naming of each group has caused some confusion about who should be attending which reunion:
The Union-Castle Reunion
This is held every year, generally in May, at a hotel in Southampton. This is organised by Capt Reg Kelso and his wife June.
Ex sea-going and shore staff from all parts of the group attend. It can be viewed as the southern venue for a B & C Reunion.
Generally starting at noon and ending at about 3 pm.
A gentle and convivial meeting of old friends, colleagues and shipmates.
The Clan Line Reunion
Again an annual event, generally in October, at a hotel in Liverpool. This is organised by ex Radio Officer David Oakden.
This event can be viewed now as a northern venue for a B & C Reunion.
Starting late morning and includes a sit down lunch.
Many people attend both of these two events.
The Union-Castle Purser’s Association Reunion
This event is held every three years, the next one is to be held in London in 2019. The event is organised by ex Purser Mike Morley.
The name has long since become a misnomer as all ex sea going and shore staff are very welcome.
The last several events have been held in Southampton but events have been held in Cape Town and the next is in London.
The event starts on a Saturday evening and most people stay overnight in the hotel venue.
Includes a buffet dinner and still attracts over 250 people.
Clan Line Lunch in Scotland
In Gourock a lunch is held on the last Thursday of the month except December at a hotel called the Spinnaker Hotel, Cloch Road, Gourock, at twelve o'clock.
A very informal lunch and relaxed atmosphere organised by Ewan Ramsay.
Any ex B&C seafarer is welcome and numbers vary from about 4~12 people and come from various parts of Scotland.
The main point of contact is Ewan Ramsay, ex Clan Line and Clyde Pilot. His email address is ''firstname.lastname@example.org''
or Neil Smith at ''email@example.com.''
If the thought of meeting up with so many old friends appeals then please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will put you in touch with the organiser who will then get you on their mailing list.