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She was withdrawn from the mail run on 14th June 1976 and replaced by Blue Star's refrigerated cargo liner Andalucia Star but in Union-Castle livery.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

Launch of Pendennis Castle - 24 December 1957

Launched without ceremony on 24 December 1957

Fire at Southampton - 1968

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 Masters shown in bold

Maiden Voyage - January 1959

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 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

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

Ship’s Officers - 1960

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

Pendennis

Castle

Left Southampton

10 November

For South Africa

Master

H Dellar


Chief Engineer

E Tuck


Purser

M Bain

Chief Officer

D Rees


First Engineer

A Russell


Second Purser

K R Donald

First Officer

J Taylor


Second Engineer

J Wassall


Asst Pursers

R J Funnell

G Morris

Second Officer

E Paul


Int Second Engineer

M Warren


Purser’s Clerks

C Rutt

H Sayers

Miss D Oppenheim

Miss M Curzon

Jnr Second Officer

B Fry


Jnr Second Engineer

J Foottit

F Staelhly

D Helm


Surgeon

J Donald

Third Officer

N Creaser


Snr Third Engineer

D Stangroom


Nursing Sister

Miss E Bate

Fourth Officer

D Howell


Int Third Engineer

G Grocombe


Children’s Hostess

Miss L Flower

Jnr Fourth Officer

W Codrington


Jnr Third Engineer

F Gilbert


Chief Catering Officer

L Cooper-Thorne

First Radio Officer

P Williams


Snr Fourth Engineer

J Everest


Second Cat Officer

S Tupper

Second Radio Officer

P Thomas


Jnr Fourth Engineer

T Warren




Third Radio Officer

J Walker


Junior Engineer

A S Reen

J Jonker

M Woollett

J Merry

W Castle




Fourth Radio Officer

J Doran


First Electrician

J Cunningham







Second Electrician

B Rowe







Third Electrician

A Read




Ship’s Officers - January 1969

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

Pendennis

Castle

Left Southampton

20 December

For South Africa

Master

R Cambridge


Chief Engineer

A Forster


Chief Purser

D Wickenden

Staff Commander

D Tourell


First Engineer

W Findlay


Purser

D Smith

Chief Officer

D Morris


Second Engineer

S Robson


Purser Catering

A Jenner

Second Officer

R Ward


Extra Second Engineer

S Simpson


Second Purser

C Dellar

Extra Second Officer

R Tallack


Jnr Second Engineer

J Webster

W Ritchie

H Armstrong


Second Purser Catering

C Williamson

Third Officer

A Fussell


Snr Third Engineer

B Maynard


Third Purser Catering

C Dadson

Fourth Officer

A Binder


Int Third Engineer

J McGurdy


Asst Pursers

B Reynolds

A Woodgate

Cadets

N Precious


Jnr Third Engineer

G Burbidge


Purser’s Clerks

P Stubbs

D Coleman

I Govett

First Radio Officer

D Bristow


Snr Fourth Engineer

N Rowse


Junior Purser Catering

P Fealey

Second Radio Officer

W Eckersley


Jnr Fourth Engineer

S Evans


Hostess

J Paynter

Third Radio Officer

L Bell


Junior Engineer

G Snow

J Berry


Children’s Hostess

C Hutchinson

Fourth Radio Officer

J Johnston


Chief Frig Engineer

M Thomas




Surgeon

J Latham


Second Frig Engineer

R Shirley




Nursing Sister

F Gillies


Third Frig Engineer

T Rolfe







First Electrician

E Wilson







Second Electrician

W Street







Third Electrician

A Wink




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


Pendennis Castle

Artist  Roger H Middlebrook GAvA

Pendennis Castle - Art Gallery

Pendennis Castle at Cape Town

Water Colour by Tony Westmore


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)

Withdrawal from Service - 1976

Mail Service

Pendennis Castle

Left Southampton

23 April

For South Africa

Master

J S Catterall

Staff Commander

A Wigham

Chief Officer

D B Morris

Second Officer

A Blakeley

Extra Second Officer

P I Philpott

First Radio Officer

R Hough

Surgeon

M MacNamara

Chief Engineer

R Gemmell

First Engineer

W Chirnside

Second Engineer

B Gillott

Extra Second Engineer

M Malone

Jnr Second Engineer

I Cochran

Snr Third Engineer

J Le Voguer

Chief Frig Engineer

P Yuile

First Electrician

H Windsor

Chief Purser

A J Hodge

Cruise Purser

M P Mears

Purser

W J Eastmond

Chief Purser Catering

A G Jenner

Second Purser

M Warner

Second Purser Catering

K Hanson

As Ocean Queen

As Sinbad

Life after Union-Castle Line

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