Roslin Castle (3)

From David Cross

It may be worth noting , that  in 1957 because of the "Asian Flu" epidemic across the world  MV Roslin Castle when homeward bound from the Cape called at St Helena and Ascension Island with mails and stores in place of one of the Intermediate Passenger Vessels in an effort to limit the spread of the disease which if it had spread to St Helena would have caused havoc amongst the islanders  There was no physical contact between the ships crew and the islanders, everybody wore facemasks on the ship and on the barge alongside. Geordie Anson of blessed memory was Captain of  "Roslin Castle"   Reg Kelso could well have been Chief Officer at that time.

From CNI

A ship I remember with great affection. She was my first ship as a certificated officer.

I joined her in 1967 in South Shields just as she was ready to sail for The Cape at the start of the fruit season.

My first watch was just after we had dropped the Tyne pilot. The master was Capt. Harold Charnley with whom I had sailed previously when I was a cadet on Constance Bowater.

I relieved Ken Purnell, the chief officer, and started my 8-12 watch. At about 2015 Capt Charnley arrived on the bridge. “This is your first watch” he stated, something I was well aware off! “Call me if you need me” and he left the bridge.

Whilst I am sure he spent the next four hours with his head out of his day room porthole, I was always grateful for his trust.

I subsequently sailed with him on Pendennis and Windsor Castles then as Senior Second Officer.

Roslin Castle and Tantallon Castle at Mauritius

Painting by Gordon Frickers

ROSLIN CASTLE (3) was built in 1935 by Harland & Wolff at Belfast with a tonnage of 7016grt, a length of 443ft 6in, a beam of 61ft 4in and a service speed of 16 knots.

Launched on 20th December 1934 she was given a lavender hull instead of the usual black for a cargo ship.

She was completely refrigerated and designed to carry different types of South African produce in different compartments.

Although, with her sister the Rothesay Castle, she was often laid up in the River Blackwater between fruit seasons she was still profitable.

In 1967, the oldest ship in the British & Commonwealth fleet, she was sold for breaking up and arrived in Kaohsuing in Taiwan on 3rd December of that year.

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