Reina Del Mar


REINA DEL MAR was built in 1956 by Harland & Wolff at Belfast with a tonnage of 20263grt, a length of 600ft 10in, a beam of 78ft 5in and a service speed of 17 knots.

She was built for the Pacific Steam Navigation Co., an associate company of Royal Mail Lines, for their South American via Panama service.

At the time she was the largest, fastest and only fully air-conditioned passenger liner operating a regular service between the UK, France, Spain and the west coast of South America.

November 1964 Reina Del Mar being repainted in Union-Castle colours

On 5th March 1964 she completed her final South American voyage and was chartered to the South African Max Wilson's Travel Savings Association for cruising and transatlantic summer sailings.

The shareholders of TSA became Canadian Pacific, Union-Castle and Royal Mail.

During 1964 she was refurbished for her new role and equipped with a cinema and extra lido decks as it was also the intention to use the ship as a hotel at its ports of call.

Under Union-Castle management the ship commenced her first sailing to New York on 10th June 1964.

In the October Union-Castle became the sole owner of TSA but not the ship. However, in the November the ship was painted in Union-Castle livery and operated winter cruises from South Africa to South America; Union-Castles only venture into the cruise business.

In 1969 Royal Mail became the registered owner of all PSNC ships but the Reina del Mar never traded under the Royal Mail umbrella and was chartered to Union-Castle for five years.

In 1973 she was acquired by Union-Castle before the charter expired and traded for a further two years before being broken up at Kaohsiung in Taiwan by Tung Cheng Steel Co. in late 1975.

In TSA Livery - She carried these colours from June to November 1964, when she was repainted in Union-Castle colours.

The Start of it All - 1964

Bound for South America - 1965

Review - February 1966

Reina

Del Mar

Left Southampton

1 December

For South Africa and South America

Master

J James


Chief Engineer

N Ruffell


Purser

M Dyer

Chief Officer

D Tourell


First Engineer

M Truter


Cruise Purser

W Eastmond

Second Officer

P Ward


Second Engineer

R Brown


Chief Catering Officer

A Harrop

Extra Second Officer

D Cox


Int Second Engineer

J Black


Second Purser

C Rutt

Third Officer

G Williams


Jnr Second Engineer

T Burden


Asst Pursers

C Biggs

N Brooks

J Tunstall

Fourth Officer

J Merret


Snr Third Engineer

T Martin


Second Catering Officer

C Williamson

First Radio Officer

D Bristow


Int Third Engineer

J Duncan


Third Catering Officer

W Stewart

C Dadson

Second Radio Officer

F Sharp


Jnr Third Engineer

R Brown


Purser’s Clerks

B Blake

C Thomas

Miss A Palmer

Miss M Parry

Third Radio Officer

W Scobie


Snr Fourth Engineer

S Denham


Children’s Hostess

Miss J Nevard

Fourth Radio Officer

W Hatrick


Jnr Fourth Engineer

A Jones




Surgeon

J R Byles


Junior Engineers

E Francis




Nursing Sister

Miss C Richards

Miss E Parfree


Chief Frig Engineer

A Keith







First Electrician

R Coombes







Second Electrician

C Harris







Third Electrician

A Campbell




The Bunny Club - 1968

Reina

Del Mar

Left Southampton

19 July

Cruising

Master

J James


Chief Engineer

N Ruffell


Purser

M Dyer

Chief Officer

D Tourell


First Engineer

I Gilg


Cruise Purser

C Rutt

Second Officer

J Innes


Second Engineer

K Talbot


Purser Catering

A Harrop

Extra Second Officer

G Holden


Extra Second Engineer

G Skinner


Second Purser Catering

A Quarrie

Third Officer

D Grimes


Jnr Second Engineer

J Field


Third Purser Catering

W Burgess

C Dawkins

Fourth Officer

L Roberts


Snr Third Engineer

T Luker


Asst Pursers

J Sparling

M Wicksteed

B Blake

First Radio Officer

R Cullen


Int Third Engineer

R Cousins


Purser’s Clerks

P Green

K Adams

S Clark

Second Radio Officer

F Sharp


Jnr Third Engineer

I Kennedy


Hostess

S McGregor

Third Radio Officer

R Wilson


Snr Fourth Engineer

N Bramley



Children’s Hostess

P Wakefield

Fourth Radio Officer

B Twiddy


Jnr Fourth Engineer

B Ingram




Surgeon

M MacNamara


Junior Engineer

J Ridley




Nursing Sister

P Brocklehurst

P Harper


Chief Frig Engineer

A Keith







First Electrician

H Windsor







Second Electrician

T Philps







Third Electrician

A Temple







Fourth Electrician

A Wink




The Purchase of Reina Del Mar - 1973

Clansman - April 1975

The Final Cruise to South Africa & South America - 1974

Reina

Del Mar

Left Southampton

22 November

For South Africa

Master

A Sillars

Chief Officer

C Ennis

Second Officer

G Paxton

Extra Second Officer

C Laycock

Third Officer

I Walker-Spicer

Fourth Officer

S Thomas

Carpenter

P Bell

Bosun

H Dilley

Snr Master-at-Arms

G Leach

Jnr Master-at-Arms

M Caley

First Radio Officer

G Walker

Second Radio Officer

J Tomlinson

Third Radio Officer

D Garbett

Fourth Radio Officer

A Facey

Surgeon

R Evans

Nursing Sister

S Edwards

Chief Engineer

B Rice

First Engineer

J Ward

Second Engineer

D Warren

Extra Second Engineer

J Pitman

Jnr Second Engineer

J Le Voguer

Snr Third Engineer

A Hickman

Int Third Engineer

C Field

Jnr Third Engineer

W Braidwood

Snr Fourth Engineer

R Ball

Int Fourth Engineer

A Ducas

Junior Engineer

A Carmichael

Chief Frig Engineer

A Keith

First Electrician

J Anderson

Second Electrician

K Dodds

Third Electrician

M Hickingbottom

Jnr Electrician

N Hamilton-Peters

Senior Mechanic

M Kelly

Plumber

A Wootten

ER Leading Hand

T Hyde

Chief Purser

M Dyer

Cruise Purser

C Rutt

Purser Catering

W MacMillan

Second Purser

P Shallcross

J Wootton

Second Purser Catering

P Fealey

C Penny

Third Pursers

A Whitehouse

Third Purser Catering

T Ellis

Junior Pursers

B A Lewis

F J White

C Conduit

R Smitherman

Junior Purser Catering

C Hobson

Hostess

C Pringle

Children’s Hostess

A Ackrill

Chief Barman

S Pooley

Storekeeper

H Mathews

Linen Steward

T McMeekin

Head Waiter (Tourist)

R Smith

G Davies

Band Leader

D Greeves

Laundryman

T Shing

Chef

J Hill

Baker

A Woodward

Butcher

R Martin

Shopkeeper

C Tyler

A final call in at Cape Town to fill water tanks for the voyage

to Singapore and Taiwan

Farewell Reina Del Mar - 1975

Clansman - August 1975

Life before Union-Castle Line

In the colours of Pacific Steam Navigation Company

First Cruise to the Caribbean - 1973

Reina

Del Mar

Left Southampton

9 March

For Caribbean

Master

A Sillars

Chief Officer

J Smith

Second Officer

S Gledhill

Extra Second Officer

M Ward

Third Officer

C Laycock

Fourth Officer

R Fraser

Carpenter

R Walker

Bosun

D Collins

Snr Master-at-Arms

R Lloyd

Jnr Master-at-Arms

L Fergus

First Radio Officer

S Harden

Second Radio Officer

R Perks

Third Radio Officer

H Chesters

Fourth Radio Officer

D Rutter

Surgeon

J Flower

Nursing Sister

G Grant

M Sullivan

Chief Engineer

J Ward

First Engineer

W Maitland

Second Engineer

P Mantle

Extra Second Engineer

R Atkins

Jnr Second Engineer

I Tennant

Snr Third Engineer

J Donald

Int Third Engineer

R Hislop

Jnr Third Engineer

D Richardson

Snr Fourth Engineer

G McGregor

Jnr Fourth Engineer

W McCarthy

Junior Engineer

V White

Chief Frig Engineer

P Yuile

First Electrician

J Anderson

Second Electrician

A Edwards

Third Electrician

J Jeremy

Jnr Electrician

K Chessum


Senior Mechanic

D Thornton

Plumber

A Brewster

ER Storekeeper

T Hyde

Purser

M Dyer

Cruise Purser

C Rutt

Purser Catering

D Padmore

Second Purser

P Shallcross

C Brown

Second Purser Catering

K Hanson

Third Pursers

B Taylor

J Wooton

Third Purser Catering

R Jones

T Ellis

Junior Pursers

F Butterfield

R Smitherman

H Lindon

Hostess

J Merry

Children’s Hostess

J Nelson

Chief Barman

P Beech

Storekeeper

H Matthews

Linen Steward

T McMeekin

First Tourist Steward

R Smart

Head Waiter (Tourist)

G Davies

P McCauley

Band Leader

W Tuck

Laundryman

C Tong

Chef

J Greer

M Moore

Baker

A Woodward

Butcher

G Matthews

Shopkeeper

C Tyler

Clansman - June 1973

Reina Del Mar - Art Gallery

Reina Del Mar

By David J Bray

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