Commodore D W Sowden

RD   RNR   Croix de Guerre

Seniority date 22.10.1935

A very popular master, much decorated during war years, Royal Navy Reserve, Croix de Guerre

The youngest of the 'Sowden Dynasty'.

Appointed Commodore of Safmarine 1/1972

Clansman -  April 1972

Clansman - April 1986

Royal Navy Service  1937 - 1967

Clansman - Oct/Nov 1973

21 Years in Command - 1973

Obituary - 1986

Elevation to Commodore of Safmarine - 1972

Clansman - April 1975

Retired - May 1975

Service Record

From

To

Joined Company

Cadet

1930


Llanstephan Castle

4th Officer

1935


Royal Navy

Service

WW2


Promoted

Chief Officer

1946


Drakensberg Castle

Master

9/1952

8/1953

Good Hope Castle

Master

8/1953

9/1953

Rochester Castle

Master

8/1954

10/1954

Roxburgh Castle

Master

4/1955

10/1955

Drakensberg Castle

Master

8/1956

10/1956

Bloemfontein Castle

Master

1/1957

3/1957

Warwick Castle

Master

5/1957

11/1958

Bloemfontein Castle

Master

1/1959

10/1959

Windsor Castle

Staff Commander

8/1960

2/1961

Braemar Castle

Master

3/1961

12/1961

Rhodesia Castle

Master

2/1962

9/1962

Stirling Castle

Master

11/1962

12/1965

Capetown Castle

Master

3/1966

5/1967

Good Hope Castle

Master

7/1967

8/1967

Edinburgh Castle

Master

9/1967

9/1970

SA Vaal

Master

10/1970

3/1975

Retired

5/1975


Died

28 April 1986

Aged 71

Farewell Bloemfontein Castle - 1959

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