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--Union Castle Mail Steamship Company--
In April 1912, Royal Mail Line took control of Union-Castle Mail
Steamship Company and signed a ten-year mail contract. With Sir Owen Philipps
voted on the board the first new
As soon as she was delivered the
A fine aerial photograph of the just completed
Photograph was originally taken by “SkyFotos” but is part of the author’s private collection since 1966
Whilst on her second voyage and sailing homeward sailing homeward she
received a report which was given to the captain that the German cruiser the
“Konigsberg” was in the vicinity; thus, the ship was turned around,
However during WWI she was used mostly on the
Then in 1917 she was requisitioned for the war effort and she was
refitted as a troopship and on the North Atlantic transporting troops from the
various ports to
Once she was returned to the company the ship was given a refit
restoring her to her original beauty and was made ready to return on the
Another change took place in 1922 when she was transferred to the “Around Africa” service, visiting the following ports; Naples or Genoa, Suez, Aden, Mombasa, Tanga, Dar-es-Salaam, Beira, Lourenco Marques, Durban and East London, Cape Town returning via West Africa.
In 1938 she received a refit and at the same time she was converted from coal to oil fuel, saving a considerable amount for the company. She returned to her duties until the commencement of WWII.
During the war she first operated as a military troop transport ship
for the Ministry of War. However, in August 1940 she transported 300 evacuees
from Liverpool to
After World War II she was returned to Union Castle Line who in 1947 had her refitted and the ship became a two-class liner and she would now accommodate 234 First Class and 198 Tourist Class passengers. Upon completion she returned to her pre war Around Africa service, but she only had barely five more years let in her!
An unusual Image of the
An unusual Image of the
Thus, it was in March 1952 the aging
is simply a great and wonderful stern view of the
Yard #: 494.
Length: 519ft – 158.3m.
Width: 63.3ft – 19.3m.
Engines: Steam, quadruple-expansion by the builders.
Screws: Twin – 6,500 IHP.
Service peed: knots 14 knots - max 15 knots.
Passengers: 213-First Class, 116-Second Class, and 100-Third Class.
After 1947 refit: 234-First Class & 198-Tourist Class.
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Then due to the
WWI, in 1916 she was commissioned to become a hospital ship and was given the
responsibility of transporting wounded Canadian soldiers from Europe frontline
However, tragically this service did not last very long, for on June 27, 1918, around 2130 / 9.30 PM (Irish time), the HMHS Llandovery Castle was torpedoed by the German U-Boat 86 and she sunk in the Atlantic Ocean, 116 miles South West of Fastnet, Ireland.
Below I have details of those who survived, which was provided by one of the survivors, Albert Victor Record.
A label that was attached to Albert Victor, Record, who was the ships “Lamp Trimmer. As the record below testifies
His duties certainly showed the ships times, for they still had to trim the oil lamps
A tragic view of the
In total, 88 Medical Staff as well as 146 crewmembers, thus a total of 234 lives were lost. Thus we now know that these evil Germans managed to slaughter in cold blood 234 non-combatants, being nurses, medics and crew, how proud they must have felt? As well as destroying a ship that was clearly marked as being a Hospital ship, which under all conventions was “Leave well alone!”
by: Barclay Curle
Yard #: 504
Length: 517ft – 157.6m
Width: 63.3ft – 19.3m
Engines: Steam, quadruple-expansion by the builders
Screws: Twin – 6,500
Service peed: knots 14 knots – max 15 knots
Passengers: 213 First Class, 116 Second Class, and 100 Third Class
“Blue Water Liners sailing to the
I watched them come, I watched them go and I watched them die.”
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