Kinnaird Castle

KINNAIRD CASTLE was built in 1956 by Greenock Dockyard at Greenock with a tonnage of 7718grt, a length of 502ft 10ins, a beam of 65ft 10in and a service speed of 16 knots. She was launched on 17th January 1956 as the Clan Ross (3).

In 1961 she was transferred to Safmarine and renamed South African Scientist but in the following year reverted to Clan Line and renamed Kinnaird Castle for Union-Castle operations.

During 1969 registered ownership was transferred to King Line Ltd, without a change of name. In October 1975 she was sold to Dasonab Nav. S.A. of Panama and renamed Nazeer. She continued in service until 26th April 1978 when she arrived at Gadani Beach and broken up.

This picture must date from the time of her transfer from being South African Scientist to Kinnaird Castle in 1962

The hull has been painted in Union-Castle black but her upperworks remain in Safmarine colours.

She is flying the Red Ensign

From B&C Review August 1966

From B&C Review April 1967

From B&C Review February 1967

Cadet Ships



Years in Service


Kinnaird Castle


ex- Clan Ross, ex- South African Scientist, renamed Kinnaird Castle,

1962 reverted to Clan Line,

1969 transferred to King Line,

1975 sold to Panama, renamed Nazeer.


From Clansman June 1975

The Kinnaird Castle became a cadet ship on the 8 June 1964.

Below is the formal programme carried out that day.

There were twelve cadets, 4 of us had already done one trip on various vessels, and the other 8 were all first trippers. Initially we were a bit miffed about being put on a cadet ship having already done a voyage. That soon changed as it was great fun especially in the evenings when all sorts of social activities could take place.

Obtaining beer was a bit of a problem as not everyone was over 18 and those that were had the amount rationed. However the engineers always came to the rescue with discrete payments being made.

We had a great crew with Zulus on deck and Durban Indians as stewards. The Zulus were fantastic and all the cadets learnt a lot while working with them. The bosun looked like a pirate as he only had had one eye and wore a black patch. His name, as far as I can remember, was Sandhu. ……. Mike Dowsett

Tom Hazelton, Phil Steer, Keith Bateman and Tim Cartwright.

Tim was a wild South African from Germiston.

On his second trip he went on leave and never came back.

In the foreground,

George McLaren, George Walters, Mick Tonkin and Tom Hazleton.

Mike Dowsett looking after the 10 dogs that were being taken to Cape Town.

It was a nice little earner and he got nearly 20 rand.

The only problem was that he had the bright idea of using the old nets that were used for deck games in the passenger ship days to make an enclosure so that all the dogs could be out at once.

This saved putting leads on them and walking them, as running around together gave them plenty of exercise.

However sex must have reared its ugly head as he found out later one of the pedigree breeds gave birth to a mongrel.

Life Before Union-Castle Line

As South African Scientist

Life After Union-Castle Line

As Nazeer

As a Cadet Ship

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