Braemar Castle (3)


BRAEMAR CASTLE (4) was built in 1952 by Harland & Wolff in Belfast with a tonnage of 17029grt, a length of 576ft 5in, a beam of 74ft 3in and a service speed of 17.5 knots.

Sister of the Kenya Castle she commenced her maiden voyage on 22nd November on the Round Africa service via the Cape and Durban.

Her passenger accommodation was remodelled in 1960 to 459.

In October 1960 she briefly replaced the Edinburgh Castle on the mail run while she underwent engine repairs.

On 6th January 1966, after less than 14 years service, she arrived at Faslane for breaking up by Shipbuilding Industries.

A combination of the increased popularity of air travel and Independence of the former African colonies reducing the transit of Europeans made her uneconomic and surplus to company requirements.

From then on the service between East Africa and Europe was maintained by the British India Line's Uganda and Kenya and much of their time was spent carrying government officials.

Master

From

To

D D MacKenzie

10/1952

12/1952

J E R Wilford

8/1953

4/1954

H L Holland

6/1955

12/1960

R A D Cambridge

8/1955

11/1955

L Farrow

9/1959

11/1959

Refit

1/1961

3/1962

D Sowden

3/1961

12/1961

C W Armstrong

12/1961

2/1962

A J Hort

3/1962

8/1962

H L Holland

9/1962

1/1963

J B James

2/1963

3/1964

R M Wright

4/1964

8/1964

R H Pape

10/1964

8/1965

R M Wright

9/1965

11/1965

Laid Up

11/1965

1/1966

R M Wright

1/1966

1/1966

Launch - 24 April 1952

Maiden Voyage - 22 November 1952

Review  - August 1963

Braemar Castle leaving Liverpool after her funnel was raised by Harland & Wolff in 1961

Braemar Castle

Artist - Tony Westmore

Braemar Castle at Mombasa

Either Tantallon or Tintagel Castle alongside

Artist - John Stobart

Review - February 1966

Raising the Funnel - 1961

Conveying the new Commander in Chief Middle East Forces - 1963

Farewell Braemar Castle - 1965

Braemar Castle - Art Gallery

Braemar Castle before and after her funnel was raised by Harland & Wolff in 1961

Review - April 1965

Braemar

Castle

Left London

16 May

For E & S Africa

Master

A Hort

Chief Officer

H Landless

Second Officer

J Currie

Jnr Second Officer

A Parker

Third Officer

J Smoult

Fourth Officer

S Ivey

Surgeon

D Hunter

Purser

A Hodge

Asst Pursers

B Davis

F Thompson

Purser’s Clerks

J Johnson

Miss E Tinsley

First Radio Officer

P Thomas

Second Radio Officer

J Walker

Third Radio Officer

T Grant

Nursing Sister

Miss M Walker

Children’s Hostess

Miss A Tyson-Heap

Carpenter

J Hodkinson

Bosun

F Rose

Master-at-Arms

D Campbell

R Baldock

Chief Engineer

N Ruffell

Second Engineer

A Bennett

Int Second Engineer

R Philpot

Jnr Second Engineer

J Hughes

P Lovell

Snr Third Engineer

F Auret

Int Third Engineer

J Hill

Jnr Third Engineer

W Todd

Snr Fourth Engineer

J Anderson

Jnr Fourth Engineer

J McCallum

Junior Engineers

D le Roux

J Edmonds

F McKenna

First Electrician

C Crowe

Second Electrician

A Schirmer

ER Storekeeper

E Griffiths

Chief Catering Officer

D Gilbert

Second Catering Officer

T Conway

Chief Barman

F Shepherd

Storekeeper

S Bain

Linen Steward

P McShane

First Passenger Steward

J MacArthur

Tourist Head Waiter

C Matthews

Laundryman

S Pallot

Chef

M Maddison

Baker and Confectioner

J Leslie

Butcher

R Thompson


Braemar

Castle

Left London

16 September

For E & S Africa

Master

R M Wright

Chief Officer

A Sillars

Second Officer

G H Draysey

Extra Second Officer

A Melia

Third Officer

P McMillan

Fourth Officer

P Eilbach

Carpenter

H Hale

Bosun

F Rose

Master-at-Arms

R Davies

G Lees

First Radio Officer

R Cullen

Second Radio Officer

C Rolfe

Third Radio Officer

T Whittington

Surgeon

E Ramsey

Nursing Sister

Miss J Bruwer

Chief Engineer

F Benham

Second Engineer

T Wilson

Int Second Engineer

C Handby

Jnr Second Engineer

V Hamilton

R Lorimer

Snr Third Engineer

J Loubser

Int Third Engineer

A MacLeod (Extra)

Jnr Third Engineer

J Edmonds

Snr Fourth Engineer

B Hargreaves

Jnr Fourth Engineer

F Paul

Junior Engineers

P Mantle

G MacMillan

J D Richardson

B Yeo

First Electrician

C Crowe

Second Electrician

F Henry

ER Storekeeper

K Pearson

Purser

M Morley

Chief Catering Officer

G Wigg

Asst Pursers

C Dellar

I Fisher

Second Catering Officer

T Conway

Purser’s Clerks

A Coombs

Miss B Burden

R Gascoyne

Children’s Hostess

Miss E Heath

Chief Barman

B Watts

Storekeeper

D Miskin

Linen Steward

B Fitchett

First Passenger Steward

T Kendellen

Tourist Head Waiter

H Richards

Laundryman

W Turner

Chef

A Culling

Baker and Confectioner

A Perkins

Butcher

J Wylie

Shopkeeper

E Hodges

Braemar Castle is one of three Union-Castle ships I ever saw (the others were Kenya Castle and Rhodesia Castle).

In the drawing the ship is approaching Naples, Italy, on a typically hazy day.

The ship the right is Adriatica's Messapia.

The image of the Braemar Castle is loosely based on a photo I took of the ship docked at the Stazzione Marritima in Naples during February 1965.

The vignette is from my imagination.

Artist and artist’s notes - David Hendrickson

Aground at Gibraltar - November/December 1959

As recalled by Donald Stangroom - 4th Engineer

I suppose anyone that has been a seafarer for a number of years would be able to recite some incident or other.

One I recall is whilst I was on the Braemar Castle in December 1959; we were unloading cargo on to lighters just outside the harbour at Gibraltar when without warning a severe gale blew up; it literally struck the ship in a matter of just a couple of hours. The ship started to drag its anchors so the Captain made an urgent requested for tugs to come and tow the lighters clear of the ship so that we could make way. Unfortunately the tugs were already in use on other emergencies. The decision was then made to take the men off the lighters and subsequently cut the lighters free, however one lighter was blown under the stern of the ship with 4 men still on board which resulted in our being unable to use engines. With the lighter being under the stern it made the task of saving the men very difficult. By the time they were rescued the ship had touched bottom. However it was now possible to use the engines and an attempted was made to get underway but to no avail.

Next morning at low tide we were high and dry on La Linea Beach much to the surprise and interest of the inhabitants.

On the next high tide two Royal Navy tugs were able to come to our assistance and with a lot of creaking and groaning the Braemar was refloated. Fortunately after a thorough inspection by divers we were able to complete our voyage.

The incident occurred in the evening and passengers were not aware or told that we had run aground although I would suspect some must have known that something was amiss, the usual entertainment was laid on by the pursers and life onboard for the passengers continued without interruption. It wasn’t until morning that the official announcement was made. Mind you any early risers amongst the passengers would have noted that there was a distinct lack of water around the ship!

As for the lighters and their cargo, well it all ended up on the beach no doubt much to the pleasure La Lianeans.

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