David Cross


I joined Union Castle line on19th May 1956, signed off  "RMS Edinburgh Castle" as Junior Second Engineer on 6th October 1959 and left the Company on 28th January 1960 having completed a Steam and Motor Certificate.


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.


David Cross

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