Owen Griffiths Keen


Born 26th June 1936 my parents then lived in a house in Hill Lane, Southampton.

My father was Captain C.S.G. Keen, marine superintendent for the Union-Castle Line at Southampton.

My mother was born Ruth Morris in George, Cape Province South Africa.

School at Birkdale

Formby School, (Miss Milton)

Jan. 1945 - July 1947 Prep. School, Berkhamsted. (Mr. J. Chinneck)

Sep. 1947 - June 1949 Junior School, Incents, Berkhamsted. (Mr. Campbell)

Sep. 1949 - July 1953 King Edward VI Grammar School, Southampton.

Owen passed away 8th December 2014

Owen was the founder of this site in it’s original form of the Union-Castle Staff Register. All of his original data is incorporated into this site. I hope he would have been happy with subsequent developments.

Details of sea service from Discharge Book No. 596018 issued Southampton 3rd Sept. 1953

24-09-53 - 15-10-53    " Kenilworth Castle"  Cadet          Home Trade                            Capt. A.C.M. Black OBE

19-10-53 - 31-01-54    " Kenilworth Castle"    Cadet          Foreign Going                                           "

16-02-54 - 04-03-54    " Kenilworth Castle"         "               Home Trade                                              "

10-03-54 - 27-07-54    " Kenilworth Castle"         "               Foreign Going                                           "

16-08-54 - 02-12-54    " Tantallon Castle"           "               Foreign Going                           Capt. N.M. Lloyd.

11-12-54 - 20-12-54    " Tantallon Castle"           "               Home Trade                                              "

11-01-55 - 18-02-55    " Kenilworth Castle"         "               Home Trade                              Capt. J. James.

25-02-55 - 07-07-55    " Kenilworth Castle"         "               Foreign Going                           Capt. J. Aplin.

03-08-55 - 07-10-55    " Roxburgh Castle"           "                          "                                        Capt. D.W. Sowden.

27-10-55 - 24-12-55    " Roxburgh Castle"           "                          "                                        Capt. A.J. Underdown.

18-01-56 - 19-03-56    " Roxburgh Castle"           "                          "

02-06-56 - 22-07-56    " Richmond Castle"          "                          "                                        Capt. W.C. Swift

30-07-56 - 26-08-56    " Richmond Castle"          "                          "                                        Capt. J.M. Lycett.

10-10-56 - 18-10-56    " Richmond Castle"          "                          "                                        Capt. J.M. Lycett.

Paid off Las Palmas sick

08-03-57 - 12-03-57    " Roxburgh Castle"           "                          "                                        Capt. T.W. Armstrong.

Paid off when father taken to hospital with heart attack.

23-04-57 - 05-05-57    " Riebeeck Castle"           "                          "                                        Capt. G. Stephenson.

16-05-57 - 08-07-57    " Rochester Castle"         "                           "                                        Capt. N. Fowler.

26-07-57 - 21-07-57    " Richmond Castle"         "                           "                                        Capt. J.M. Lycett.

11-10-57 - 16-12-57    " Richmond Castle"         "                           "                                        Capt. W.C. Swift.

17-12-57 - 30-12-57    " Richmond Castle"         "                           "                                        Capt. W. Anson.

13-01-58 - 10-03-58    " Roxburgh Castle"          "                           "

 King Edward VII College, London.

08-07-58 Passed Second Mates Certificate. (No.82591 (F))

11-08-58 - 26-09-58     " Winchester Castle"     Jun.4th Offr.   Cape Mail                             Capt. J.W. Lloyd.

08-10-58 - 21-11-58     " Winchester Castle"              "                    “                                         Capt. J.W. Lloyd.

04-12-58 - 16-01-59     " Winchester Castle"              "                    “                                         Capt. J.W. Lloyd.

29-01-59 - 26-02-59     " Winchester Castle"     Extra 4th.Offr.       “                                        Capt. J.W. Lloyd.

26-02-59 - 16-03-59     " Rochester Castle"         3rd Offr.         Reefer                                  Capt. C.E. Lorains

17-03-59 - 09-05-59     " Rochester Castle"               "                     “                                        Capt. R.M. Wright.

19-05-59 - 10-06-59     " Rochester castle"                "                     “                                        Capt. R.M. Wright.

11-06-59 - 13-06-59     " Capetown Castle"    Supy. 4th Offr.  Cape Mail                              Capt. J. Traynor.

13-06-59 - 03-07-59     " Winchester Castle"       4th Offr.              "                                         Capt. A. Cambridge.

08-07-59 - 21-08-59     " Edinburgh Castle"               "                    "                                         Capt. J.W. Lloyd.

02-09-59 - 16-10-59     " Edinburgh Castle"               "                    "                                         Capt. H.A. Dellar.

31-10-59 - 11-01-60     " Durban Castle"                    "               Intermediate                         Capt. N.M. Lloyd.

20-01-60 - 04-03-60     " Pretoria Castle"                   "               Cape Mail                             Capt. J.D.B. Fisher.

16-03-60 - 29-04-60     " Pretoria Castle"                   "                     "                                        Capt. J.D.B. Fisher.


Sir John Cass College, London. Passed First Mates Certificate.

28-07-60 - 03-10-60     " Roxburgh Castle"          3rd Offr.         Reefer                                 Capt. A.C.M. Black OBE.

31-10-60 - 02-12-60     " Roslin Castle"                2nd Offr.            "                                       Capt. A.J. Underdown.

Paid off Cape Town sick.

12-12-60 - 30-12-60     " Athlone Castle"              3rd Offr.         Cape Mail                           Capt. A.G. Patey.

02-02-61 - 08-04-61     " Rowallan Castle"                "                 Reefer                                Capt. R.M. Wright.

09-04-61 - 24-06-61     " Rowallan Castle"                "                     "                                       Capt. R.W. Pape.

18-07-61 - 12-09-61     " Roxburgh Castle"                "                     "                                       Capt. A.C.M. Black OBE.

29-09-61 - 05-04-62     " Roxburgh Castle"                "                     "                                       Capt. A.C.M. Black OBE.

11-01-62 Promoted to 2nd Offr.

27-04-62 Wedding to Lynette St. George's Cathedral, Cape Town.

R.A.F. Hedley Court, Epsom.

02-08-62 - 27-08-62     " Edinburgh Castle"        Jun.2nd Offr.  Cape Mail                           Capt. J.W. Lloyd.

28-08-62 - 28-10-62     " Rustenburg Castle"         2nd Offr.      Reefer                                 Capt. J. Fowler.

28-11-62 - 11-01-63     " Stirling Castle"              Jun.2nd Offr.  Cape Mail                           Capt. D.W. Sowden.

07-02-63 - 21-03-63     " Riebeeck Castle"             2nd Offr.       Reefer                                Capt. J.M. Lycett.

22-03-63 - 20-05-63     " Riebeeck Castle"                   "                    "                                      Capt. J.M. Lycett.

05-06-63 - 16-07-63     " Transvaal Castle"        Jun.2nd Offr.  Cape Mail                           Capt. N.M. Lloyd.

26-07-63 - 17-08-63     " Rochester Castle"           2nd Offr.       Reefer                                Capt. R.M. Wright.

02-10-63 - 15-11-63     " Capetown Castle"        Jun.2nd Offr. Cape Mail                            Capt. W. Byles.

27-11-63 - 10-01-64     " Capetown Castle"                 "                    "                                       Capt. A.J. Hort.

 Sir John Cass College, London

08-04-64 Passed Master Foreign Going Certificate

10-04-64 Resigned from Union-Castle Mail Steamship Coy.

Temporary Officer with African Coaster's Pty., Durban.

14-05-64 - 30-07-64 "Frontier" Chief Officer Foreign Going Capt. Viskimeister.

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01-08-64 South African Harbour Service, Durban.

Tug "J.D. Wight” Mate

Bucket dredger "Silurus"  Mate

Port Office Assist. to Captain Nesbit, Assistant to Port Captain, Durban.

Tug "T. Erikson" Mate

Tug "J.R. More"  Mate

Hopper "Wildebeest"   Master

Grab dredger "Foremost"   Master

01-04-69 Tug "John Dock"   Master

Transferred to Walvis Bay.

Tug "R.B. Waterston"  Master

01-05-71 Promoted to Pilot, Walvis Bay.

01-05-74 Transferred as Pilot to Table Bay Harbour. ( Cape Town)

28-03-78 Open Licence.

31-08-79 Open Licence, Saldanha Bay.

14-08-83 - 31-12-84 Spinal fusion and off duty sick.

31-12-84 Retired from South African Harbour Service as a Senior Pilot, Cape Town.

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28-06-85 - 06-86 Pilot, al Jubail, Saudi Arabia.

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C.I. Shipping, (Cayzer Irvine) London

14-08-89 - 09-10-89      "Meltem"              Supy.2nd Offr            Reefer,

12-10-89 - 18-02-90      "Mistral"               Supy.2nd Offr                  "

18-02-90 - 15-06-90      "Mistral"                   2nd Offr.                      "

Details from Discharge Book R596018, Re issued 6th July 1990

Great White Fleet (E&F, Southampton)

03-08-90 - 18-10-90     "Barrydale"             Chief Officer             Reefer                                         Capt. C. Paul.

Kappa, (Wallem’s, Isle of Man.)

22-11-90 - 27-02-91     "Capricorn"            Chief Officer             Reefer

Emerald Shipping, Dublin.

12-03-91 - 30-04-91     "Emerald Aspen" Chief Officer             Reefer                                         Capt. C. Newport.

30-04-91 - 14-06-91     "Emerald Aspen" Chief Officer             Reefer                                         Capt. C. Newport.

Great White Fleet ( Columbia Shipmanagement, Cyprus)

24-08-91 - 02-03-92     " Frances L"           Chief Officer            Reefer container                       Capt. E. Bruce.

Capt. C. Campbell.

07-07-92 - 29-12-92     "Chiquita Baru"      Master                      Reefer               Caribbean / Bremerhaven

15-02-93 - 07-07-93     "Chiquita Burica"   Master                      Reefer               Panama / Antwerp-Bremerhaven

15-10-93 - 12-04-94     "Chiquita Baru"      Master                      Reefer               Panama / Gothenburg

06-07-94 - 03-08-94    "Chiquita Burica"    Master                      Reefer                Panama / Gothenburg

Paid off sick ( Swansea - vl in drydock)

27-10-94 - 13-06-95     "Chiquita Burica"   Master                      Reefer               Guayaquil, Ecuador / Long Beach

14-10-95 - 12-03-96     "Chiquita Jean"      Master                      Reefer               Zeebrugge / Auckland, N.Z.

03-06-96 - 12-08-96     "Chiquita Scandanvia"   Master             Reefer               Caribbean / Antwerp

Crescent Shipping, Rochester.

07-09-96 - 29-09-96     "Boisterence"          Master                     Coaster             North Sea - Channel ports

Columbia Shipmanagement, Cyprus.

10-12-96 - 16-12-96     "Lasbek"                Chief Officer       Products Tanker     Fawley / Algeciras

Crescent Shipping, Rochester.

02-05-97 - 30-05-97    "Crescence"             Master                    Coaster               North Sea - Channel ports

Columbia Ship Management, Cyprus

11-06-97 - 06-07-97    "Summer Flower"   Master                      Reefer                Bremen / Montevideo

P&O Ferries.

01-08-97 - 19-08-97    "European Freeway" 2nd Offr.           P & O Ferries         Felixstowe / Europort

Crescent Shipping, Rochester

12-09-97 - 27-09-97    "Tarquence"             Master                     Coaster               Gdynia / N. Sea / Channel

Columbia Shipmanagement, Cyprus

15-06-98 - 29-10-98    "Cape Vincente"      Master                     Reefer                  Antwerp / Brazil

29-10-98 - 09-11-98    "Cape Vincente"      Master                     Reefer                   Newport, Wales / Jamaica

10-03-98 - 07-09-99    "Cape Finisterre"    Master                     Reefer                   Newport, Wales / Jamaica

15-11-99 - 07-12-99    " Cape Bonavista"   Master                  Container               Durban, S.A. / Port Said

Paid off sick ( Suez Canal)

04.02.00 – 30.03.00    “Neptunia”           Senior Master              ferry.                      Folkestone – Boulogne.

02.05.00 – 22.06.00    “Cape Bonavista”    Master                  Container.               Caribbean & S. America

17.07.00 – 12.09.00    “Cape Vincente”      Master                     Reefer.                  Gulf Port U.S.A. – Caribbean.

18.01.01 – 18.03.01    "Cape Vincente”      Master                     Reefer             Cape Canaveral – Osaka – Napier.

01.06.01 – 16.06.01    “Cape Horn”             Master                  Container.               Arabian Gulf.

2004-2006  Teaching English to CSM Latvian, Ukranian & Russian seamen.

"Roxburgh Castle" 1962

OGK in Centre

Owen in 2007

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