Patrick Joseph Burns

Service Record



Athlone Castle

Int 5th Engineer




Email Received 2 Oct 2020 from his daughter Debbie Andrew

I wondered if you could help please.

My dad used to work for the Union-Castle Line. He was from South Africa and I think did a few trips across to the UK. Unfortunately I don't have a lot of details. I have a copy of a photo but I don't know the dates he worked on the ship.  

My father passed away in 1999, so I am unable to ask him myself.

Please could you help with any information / dates if possible please.

His name was Patrick (Paddy) Joseph Burns.

Any information would be greatly appreciated.

I am not sure which ship. Other than he approximately work for Union Castle for 3 years.  He started working in approximately 1955 / 1956.

He was in the UK and applied for a job to work his way home back to South Africa.

My uncle says he applied for a deck hand but as he was a Fitter and Tuner he was appointed 6th Officer.

He worked on the ship and was meant to get off at Cape Town but continued to work for Union Castle for another 3 years before leaving to go work on an American liner.

Patrick is the middle of these three officers, probably on Athlone Castle

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