Pendennis Castle


PENDENNIS CASTLE was built in 1958 by Harland & Wolff at Belfast with a tonnage 28582grt, a length of 763ft 2in, a beam of 83ft 9in and a service speed of 22.5 knots.

She was the largest and the last ship built for Union-Castle as subsequent buildings were ordered by British & Commonwealth. Due to a dockyard strike she was named on the 10th December 1957 but not launched until 24th December.

Based on the earlier Pretoria Castle design, but considered to have an ungainly profile, her internal layout was the first to differ significantly since the Arundel Castle set the pattern.  (A matter of opinion, I think she ranks as one of the most beautiful ships to have ever been built - CNI)

She commenced her maiden voyage on 1st January 1959 on the Southampton- Cape Town-Durban mail run and was the first ship to have Stewardettes - waitresses in the dining room.

She was withdrawn from the mail run on 14th June 1976 and replaced by Blue Star's refrigerated cargo liner Andalucia Star but in Union-Castle livery.

Sold to Ocean Queen Navigation Copr. of Panama, but Philippine owned, she was renamed Ocean Queen.and arrived in Hong Kong on 9th August 1976 where she was laid up.

In 1978, still laid up, she was renamed Sinbad by Kinvarra Bay Shipping Co. of Liberia and later in the year was renamed Sinbad 1. Four years later, in April 1980, she arrived at Kaohsiung in Taiwan for breaking up.

Originally intended as an 'upgraded' "Pretoria Castle", as usual the company was not flush with funds, she was on the stocks when the Cayzer family took over the company.  

The Cayzer's were a shipping family of the old school, as opposed to the accountancy minded fraternity, they at once saw that the ship as planned would be old fashioned before she was launched.  If the company was to compete with Mr. Boeing and his 707, something very much more modern was required.

There was nothing they could do about her basic construction, she was far too gone for that, but she could be lengthened to accommodate Denny Brown stabilizers and given a more stylish profile.  Whether it was these modifications, or whether it would have happened in any event, I cannot say; the strains of the ship's hull in a seaway were taken up, in the upper decks, with expansion joints, visible as brass covers across the decks. These joints allowed the hull to flex without damage.  But the "Pendennis Castle" suffered all her life with cracks in the windows of the accommodation, clear signs that the hull was flexing more than expected.  But she was a very popular ship.  

At the fitting-out berth at Harland & Wolff

Maiden Voyage - January 1959

Launch of Pendennis Castle - 24 December 1957

Launched without ceremony on 24 December 1957

Ship’s Officers - 1960

Senior Staff on her final mail voyage

From Left to Right

Arthur Jenner (Chief Catering Officer), Jack Eastman (Purser), Arthur Wigham (Staff Commander), Bob Gemmell (Chief Engineer), Capt Stan Catterall (Master), Tony Hodge (Chief Purser), Dr Mike MacNamara (Surgeon), Ralph Hough (Chief Radio Officer).

Due to the ever changing conditions, it was decided in 1976 to withdraw her and place her on the market. She made her final sailing from Southampton on April 23, 1976, and was withdrawn from the mail run on June 14, 1976.

She was sold to Filipino owned “Ocean Queen Navigation Corp.” She departed for Hong Kong on July 7, 1976, arriving on August 9. She was given an attractive new look with a white hull and a gold-brown funnel. The intention was to use her as a cruise ship, but this never eventuated.

She remained laid up in Hong Kong until 1978, when she sold to a Liberian Company, Kinvarra Bay Shipping who renamed her Sinbad I, but, remained laid up.

Having been idle for four years, she departed Hong Kong in April 1980, heading for Kaohsiung, Taiwan where she was scrapped.

The delivery voyage over, Pendennis Castle alongside at the Hong Kong United Dockyard (HUD)

Pendennis Castle on her Maiden Voyage, 1959.

The keel of this vessel had been laid down shortly before the take-over of Union-Castle Line by the Cayzers and she was subsequently lengthened, equipped with technical innovations and given luxurious accommodation by the designer, Jean Monro.

Artist   Norman Wilkinson

© Courtesy Caledonia Investments


As Ocean Queen

As Sinbad

Pendennis Castle

Artist  Roger H Middlebrook GAvA

Fire at Southampton - 1968

Life after Union-Castle Line

Pendennis Castle - Art Gallery

Withdrawal from Service - 1976

Ship’s Officers - January 1969

Pendennis Castle at Cape Town

Water Colour by Tony Westmore


From Left to Right

Back Row: Chris Dadson,  Peter Fealey,  Adrian Woodgate,  Peter Stubbs,  ?,  Colin Dellar,  ?,  ?,  Ian Bell,  Brian Raynolds

Middle Row:  ?,  Cliff Williamson,  Arthur Jenner,  Fiona Gillies,  ?,  ?,  ?,  Di Coleman,  Irene Govett,  Mike Mears,  ?

Front Row:  David Bristow,  John Latham,  Bill Finlay,  A Foster,Commodore Cambridge and his daughter,  Dennis Tourell,  Jack Eastmond,  Dave Morris

Dr John Latham Commodore R Cambridge Dennis Tourell Dave Morris Chris Dadson Irene Govett Di Coleman David Bristow Colin Dellar

Tthis picture is to mark the elevation to Commodore of Capt H Dellar in 1960

Master

From

To

G E Mayhew

1/1959

6/1960

H A Dellar

6/1960

7/1962

J P Smythe

Relief Master

4/1961

6/1961

N M Lloyd

7/1962

12/1962

G W Lloyd

12/1962

2/1964

A J Hort

Relief Master

3/1964

5/1964

R A D Cambridge

5/1964

3/1969

R M Wright

Relief Master

8/1967

9/1967

A A Freer

3/1969

5/1970

H Charnley

9/1970

2/1973

H Dryden

Relief Master

12/1971

1/1972

P St Q Beadon

Relief Master

4/1972

6/1972

P St Q Beadon

2/1973

5/1975

R J Miller

Relief Master

3/1974

4/1974

J Catterall

7/1975

6/1976

Permanent Master shown in bold

Maiden Voyage

Pendennis

Castle

Left Southampton

1 January

For South Africa

Master

G Mayhew

Chief Officer

H Dryden

First Officer

N Upham

Second Officer

P Eckford

Third Officer

W Kirkbride

Fourth Officer

H Hobbs

Ex Fourth Officer

J Taylor

Jnr 4th Fourth Officer

E Syring

Surgeon

J Donald

Purser

L Harding

Staff Purser

H Riddell

Second Purser

P Crowther

Asst Pursers

W Eastmond

Purser’s Clerks

W Blanden

R Funnell

M Hackett

Miss E Archdale

Miss J Green

First Radio Officer

P Williams

Second Radio Officer

R Hough

Third Radio Officer

J Cagney

Fourth Radio Officer

P Bedwell

Nursing Sister

Miss G Prince

Children’s Hostess

Miss M Emson

Band Leader

J Skene

Carpenter

F Tizard

Bosun

W Taylor

Painter

J James

Chief Engineer

D Abercromby

First Engineer

C Wall

Snr Second Engineer

R Tozer

Int Second Engineer

J Wassall

Jnr Second Engineer

P Broadway

Snr Third Engineer

R Taylor

Int Third Engineer

J Ringshaw

Jnr Third Engineer

S Tyrie

Snr Fourth Engineer

D Watson

Int Fourth Engineer

L McIlraith

Jnr Fourth Engineer

J Garvell

Snr Fifth Engineer

R Jones

Int Fifth Engineer

E Bevan

Jnr Fifth Engineer

D Wayman

Snr Sixth Engineer

D Gardner

Int Sixth Engineer

J Everest

Jnr Sixth Engineer

J Rennix

Seventh Engineer

J Black

First Electrician

H Gregson

Second Electrician

A Taylor

Third Electrician

M Butler

Fourth Electrician

A Diaper

ER Storekeeper

C Pyne

ER Leading Hand

J Carr

Chief Steward

E Bloomfield

Second Steward

R Noble

Extra Second Steward

A Jenner

Chief Barman

W Meyer

Storekeeper

J Paglia

Head Waiter (1st Class)

W Miller

First Tourist Steward

A Harrop

Head Waiter (Tourist Class)

B Munden

Laundryman

S Cersell

Chef

A Garwood

Extra Chef

H Laight

Baker

H Hainsworth

Butcher

L Nicholson


Pendennis

Castle

Left Southampton

10 November

For South Africa

Master

H Dellar

Chief Officer

D Rees

First Officer

J Taylor

Second Officer

E Paul

Jnr Second Officer

B Fry

Third Officer

N Creaser

Fourth Officer

D Howell

Jnr 4th Fourth Officer

W Codrington

Surgeon

J Donald

Purser

M Bain

Second Purser

K R Donald

Asst Pursers

R J Funnell

G Morris

Purser’s Clerks

C Rutt

H Sayers

Miss D Oppenheim

Miss M Curzon

First Radio Officer

P Williams

Second Radio Officer

P Thomas

Third Radio Officer

J Walker

Fourth Radio Officer

J Doran

Nursing Sister

Miss E Bate

Children’s Hostess

Miss L Flower

Band Leader

T B Evans

Carpenter

A Hart

Bosun

T Cutler

Painter

M Cleall

Chief Engineer

E Tuck

First Engineer

A Russell

Snr Second Engineer

J Wassall

Int Second Engineer

M Warren

Jnr Second Engineer

J Foottit

F Staelhly

D Helm

Snr Third Engineer

D Stangroom

Int Third Engineer

G Grocombe

Jnr Third Engineer

F Gilbert

Snr Fourth Engineer

J Everest

Jnr Fourth Engineer

T Warren

Junior Engineer

A S Reen

J Jonker

M Woollett

J Merry

W Castle

First Electrician

J Cunningham

Second Electrician

B Rowe

Third Electrician

A Read

ER Storekeeper

A Martin

ER Leading Hand

G Kearley

Chief Catering Officer

L Cooper-Thorne

Second Cat Officer

S Tupper

Chief Barman

P Leggett

Storekeeper

J Paglia

Head Waiter (1st Class)

S Sullivan

First Tourist Steward

H Gubbins

Head Waiter (Tourist Class)

F Mortara

Laundryman

S Cersell

Chef

W Leigh

Baker

A Newbury

Butcher

L Nicholson

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