Capt. R “Bob” Royan

Pictured when Staff Commander of SA Oranje

Service Record

From

To

HMS Conway

Pre-Sea Cadet


7/1946

Clan Cumming

Cadet

8/1946

6/1947

Clan MacFadyen

Cadet

6/1947

11/1947

Clan MacNair

Cadet

12/1947

4/1948

Clan MacLeod

Cadet

7/1948

10/1949

2nd Mate’s Certificate

1949


Clan MacIlwraith

3rd Officer

3/1950

7/1950

Clan MacRae

3rd Officer

8/1950

10/1951

1st Mate’s Certificate

12/1951


Clan MacQueen

2nd Officer

1/1952

5/1953

Clan Sinclair

2nd Officer

6/1953

1954

Master’s Certificate

2/1955


Clan MacTaggart

2nd Officer

3/1955

7/1955

Clan MacBean

Chief Officer

8/1955

11/1956

Clan MacKInlay

Chief Officer

12/1956

8/1957

Clan MacLennan

Chief Officer

9/1957

8/1958

Clan MacInnes

Chief Officer

12/1958

7/1962

Clan MacTavish

Chief Officer

2/1963

2/1964

Stirling Castle

1st Officer

4/1964

9/1964

Stirling Castle

Chief Officer

10/1964

11/1964

Transvaal Castle

Chief Officer

12/1964

4/1965

Kenya Castle

Chief Officer

7/1965

12/1965

Rhodesia Castle

Chief Officer

3/1966

01/07/1966

Capetown Castle

Chief Officer

7/1966

11/1966

Rhodesia Castle

Chief Officer

2/1967

4/1967

SA Oranje

Staff Commander

5/1967

10/1969

Nina Bowater

Master

3/1970

11/1971

Hector Heron

Master

8/1972

7/1974

SA Oranje

Master

2/1975

11/1975

SA Vaal

Master

12/1975

1/1976

Windsor Castle

Master

5/1976

7/1976

Everett F Wells

Master

7/1977

12/1979

Winchester Castle

Master

3/1980

7/1980

Barcelona

Master

10/1980

2/1981

Edinburgh Universal

Master

6/1981

11/1981

When Master of SA Oranje

Review - Jun 1963

Clansman - April 1975

Many of his friends, colleagues and shipmates have paid their tributes:

Tim Atherton  

RIP. I had the privilege of sailing under Commodore Royan on 5 trips on the SA Oranje from March 75 to her final run to Durban in October of the same year. A real gentleman. Happy memories. Rest in peace Sir

Charlie Wood

A proper gent, very pleased to have him as master of the Hector Heron whilst I was there. With Bill Codrington as Mate it was properly civilised.

Chris Borley

Sailed with him when he was Staff Commander well respected by ship's company

John le Peurian

RIP Bob, have a calm passage

Christopher Pailthorpe

A true gentleman. RIP Captain

Tony Freeman-Cosh

Absolute gentleman. Sailed with him on the SA Oranje, I think he did the last trip to Durban.

RIP Sir.

Ken Malcolm

RIP Commodore Royan. I recall he took SA Oranje to Taiwan in '75.

Margaret Smith

So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing - lovely man

Andy Skarstein

 Very sad news, I sailed with him on Hector Heron and Clan Robertson, perfect gentleman. RIP Sir .....

Murdoch MacInnes

 I first met Robert in 1956 when he was Chief Officer and I was 2nd mate on the Clan MacBean, a dear friend and a sad loss.

Captain Royan died on 18th January 2020 at Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy

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