Ernest ‘Ernie’ Brooke

Email 1/09/2009

The attached file relates my research into the voyages of my grandfather, Ernest Brooke, born 1878 and my father, Ernie [Ernest] Brooke born 1911.

Both were members of the crews of Union-Castle ships during W.W.2.

Ernest's ships being The Dunnottar Castle, The Athlone Castle and finally The Rowallan Castle [2].

Ernie was on The Athlone Castle throughout the war so Father and son were crewed together for some time.

Ernie joined The Stirling Castle on 26/07/1947 as an Assistant Barman and remained with her until joining The Edinburgh Castle for her maiden voyage 25/11/1948. He rose to Chief Barman and stayed with her until 1960. He finally retired from Union-Castle and the sea in 1965.

Can I ask that they both be entered onto The Shipmates Register.

If you consider the file would be of interest to other users of the site I am happy for it to be used, perhaps you would let me know.

I also have a spreadsheet of the voyages of The Athlone Castle during W.W.2 showing dates, ports, repair times etc. should that be of interest.

I am quite happy for people to contact me by E Mail with questions or corrections!


Alan Brooke

Service Record



Dunnottar Castle

Athlone Castle


Stirling Castle

Asst Barman



Edinburgh Castle




Rowallan Castle

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