Transvaal Castle


TRANSVAAL CASTLE was built in 1961 by John Brown & Co. (Clydebank) Ltd at Clydebank with a tonnage of 32697grt, a length of 760ft 2in, a beam of 90ft 2in and a service speed of 22.5 knots.

When launched, on 17th January 1961, she was described as an Hotel-Class Ship with eleven fare grades ranging from de luxe suites to ordinary berths and carried forty stewardettes.

Operating on the mail run she was never as popular as either the Pendennis Castle or Windsor Castle.

On 1st January 1966 she was transferred to the South African Marine Corp (UK) Ltd of London, renamed S.A. Vaal, but maintaining the Red Ensign, Union-Castle crew and management, and the same route.

Transvaal Castle arriving and dry-docking at Falmouth after sea trials.

She sailed from here to Southampton to enter service

Transvaal Castle

 Italian – born Frank Camarda has been painting and illustrating for over a half century.

Love of art and passion for ocean liners started at a very young age, dating back to 1954,

when he and his family made a transatlantic voyage aboard the Andrea Doria.

Mr. Camarda’s work has been exhibited in personal and public showings.

His oil paintings and drawings have found homes in private collections worldwide.

Vessel

Built

Years in Service

Tonnage


Transvaal Castle


1961

1966 transferred to South African Marine Corp.,

renamed S.A. Vaal,

1977 sold to Carnival Cruise Line, Miami, renamed Festivale.


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Building and Launch of Transvaal Castle - 1959 to 1961

Transvaal Castle - Art Gallery

Maiden Voyage - January 1962

Transvaal Castle was launched at Clydebank on 17 January 1961 by Lady Cayzer, wife of the chairman of British & Commonwealth Shipping

Fitting Out & Trials - 1961

Inspection at Falmouth

Master

From

To

A G V Patey

12/1961

10/1962

A J Hort

Relief Master

10/1962

12/1962

N M Lloyd

12/1962

1/1966

J D B Fisher

Relief Master

9/1965

11/1965

Permanent Master shown in bold

Transvaal

Castle

Left Southampton

18 January

For South Africa

Master

A Patey

Chief Officer

G Cochrane

First Officer

R Miller

Second Officer

R Dunning

Jnr Second Officer

A Rea

Third Officer

P Martin

Fourth Officer

R Allen

Jnr Fourth Officer

S Swanwick

Surgeon

J Latham

Chief Purser

T Brown

Purser

J Dimmock

Purser Catering

D Wickenden

Second Purser

W Eastmond

Second Purser Catering

A Harding

Asst Pursers

M Mears

M Jaggers

Third Purser Catering

N Buckley

First Radio Officer

R Hough

Second Radio Officer

L Whittaker

Third Radio Officer

C Rolfe

Fourth Radio Officer

B Knapp

Nursing Sister

Miss M Farrell

Children’s Hostess

Miss R Thomas

Physiotherapist

M Stephens

Band Leader

H Dyrbusz

Carpenter

A Hart

Bosun

R Briggs

Master-at-Arms

R C Streat

Master-at-Arms

J Edwards

Chief Engineer

A Mailer

First Engineer

R Tozer

Second Engineer

K Ferguson

Int Second Engineer

D Woods

Jnr Second Engineer

M Miles

D Stangroom

H Young

Snr Third Engineer

J Morris

Int Third Engineer

I Cleak

Jnr Third Engineer

T Luker

Snr Fourth Engineer

S De Jager

Jnr Fourth Engineer

J Anderson

Junior Engineer

J Wintle

P Mayburgh

D Marshall

B Emery

A Metcalf

First Frig Engineer

G McGregor

Second Frig Engineer

A Wiseman

First Electrician

J Cunningham

Second Electrician

G Bowie

Third Electrician

C Gray

ER Storekeeper

C Pyne

ER Leading Hand

W Jones

Chief Barman

F Hubbard

Storekeeper

J Galpin

Head Waiter (Tourist Class)

M Monod

Laundryman

A Burroughs

Chef

C Alves

Baker

A Brohamer

Butcher

L Nicholson

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