Union-Castle Line
(Union-Castle Mail Steamship Co.)

United Kingdom

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Sailings September 1925-April 1926 (issued November 9, 1925)
Vessel(s) Ports of call
Armadale Castle
Arundel Castle
Balmoral Castle
Edinburgh Castle
Kenilworth Castle
Kildonan Castle
Saxon
Walmer Castle
Windsor Castle
Royal Mail Service:
Southampton, Madeira, Cape Town, Algoa Bay, East London, Durban.

Every other northbound voyage called at Mossel Bay.

Gloucester Castle
Guildford Castle
Llandovery Castle
Around Africa service - out West Coast:
London, Canary Islands, Cape Town, Durban, Delagoa Bay, Suez Canal, London.

Other ports of call not stated, other than "calling at East African, Egyptian and Mediterranean ports".
Ports of call may have included most or all of the following: Madeira, Ascension, St. Helena, Lobito Bay, Walvis Bay, Lüderitz Bay, Mossel Bay, Algoa Bay, East London, Beira, Moçambique, Dar-es-Salaam, Zanzibar, Tanga, Mombasa, Aden, Port Sudan, Naples, Genoa and Marseilles.

Gloucester Castle
Llandovery Castle
Llanstephan Castle
Around Africa service - out East Coast:
London, Suez Canal, Delagoa Bay, Durban, Cape Town, Lobito Bay, St. Helena, Ascension, Canary Islands, Madeira, London.
(Some of the Atlantic ports may not have been called at on all voyages.)

Other ports of call not stated, but may have included many of the ports mentioned above for "Around Africa service - out West Coast".

Dunluce Castle
Durham Castle
Gaika
Garth Castle
Glengorm Castle
Grantully Castle
Intermediate service:
London, Canary Islands, Cape Town. (Proceeded to Beira or Mombasa?)

Called at St. Helena and Ascension (occasionally) on northbound voyages only.
Other ports of call not stated, but would have included Algoa Bay (Port Elizabeth) and East London, and also some of the Atlantic ports mentioned in connection with the "Around Africa service - out West Coast" above.

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Arundel Castle and Windsor Castle

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Sailings March-December 1938 (issued April 1938)
Vessel(s) Ports of call
Arundel Castle
Athlone Castle
Balmoral Castle
Capetown Castle
(incl. maiden voyage on April 29, 1938)
Carnarvon Castle
Dunnottar Castle
Dunvegan Castle
Edinburgh Castle
Stirling Castle
Warwick Castle
(one voyage only, after refit)
Windsor Castle
Royal Mail Service:
Southampton, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London, Durban.

Every other voyage called at Mossel Bay northbound.
All vessels called at Madeira northbound; not stated if also southbound.

Dunluce Castle
Dunvegan Castle
Durham Castle
Grantully Castle
(one voyage only)
Llangibby Castle
Llanstephan Castle
(one voyage only)
Around Africa service - out West Coast:
UK port (London?), Las Palmas or Tenerife, Cape Town, Mossel Bay (Durham Castle, Dunvegan Castle and Llangibby Castle on one voyage each only), Port Elizabeth, East London, Durban, Lourenço Marques, Beira, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Tanga, Mombasa, Aden, Port Sudan, Suez, Port Said, Genoa, Marseilles, Gibraltar, Tangier, London.

Other ports of call en route to Cape Town not stated.

Llandaff Castle
Llandovery Castle
Llangibby Castle
(one voyage only)
Llanstephan Castle
Around Africa service - out East Coast:
London, Tangier, Gibraltar, Marseilles, Genoa, Port Said, Suez, Port Sudan, Aden, Mombasa, Tanga, Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam, Beira, Lourenço Marques, Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, St. Helena, Ascension, Teneriffe or Las Palmas, Southampton.
Dunbar Castle
Dunnottar Castle
(one voyage only)
Garth Castle
Gloucester Castle
Grantully Castle
Intermediate service:
UK port (London?), Cape Town, Mossel Bay (most voyages), Port Elizabeth, East London, Durban, Lourenço Marques, Beira.
Return voyages: Beira, Lourenço Marques, Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Las Palmas or Tenerife, Southampton.

Atlantic ports of call on southbound voyages not stated. Some voyages terminated at Lourenço Marques.
Calls at Lobito and Walvis Bay on northbound voyages?

On one voyage only, Garth Castle proceeded from Lourenço Marques to Mauritius, and returned directly from Mauritius to Durban.

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Carnarvon Castle, Winchester Castle and Warwick Castle
Athlone Castle, Stirling Castle and Capetown Castle

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(From the collection of Raymond Reynolds)

Sailings May 1939-March 1940 (issued June 1939)
Vessel(s) Ports of call
Arundel Castle
Athlone Castle
Capetown Castle
Carnarvon Castle
Stirling Castle
Warwick Castle
Winchester Castle
Windsor Castle
Royal Mail Service:
Southampton, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London, Durban.

All vessels called at Madeira northbound; not stated if also southbound.
Arundel Castle, Athlone Castle, Capetown Castle and Winchester Castle called at Mossel Bay northbound.

Dunbar Castle
Dunvegan Castle
Llangibby Castle
Around Africa service - out West Coast:
UK port (London?), Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London, Durban, Lourenço Marques, Beira, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Tanga, Mombasa, Aden, Port Sudan, Suez, Port Said, Genoa, Marseilles, Gibraltar, Tangier, London.

Atlantic ports of call en route to Cape Town not stated.

Dunluce Castle (incl. last sailing April-June 1939)
Llandaff Castle
Llandovery Castle
Llanstephan Castle
Around Africa service - out East Coast:
London, Tangier, Gibraltar, Marseilles, Genoa, Port Said, Suez, Port Sudan, Aden, Mombasa, Tanga, Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam, Beira, Lourenço Marques, Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Walvis Bay (most voyages), Teneriffe, Southampton.
Dunnottar Castle
Durban Castle
Pretoria Castle
Intermediate service:
London, Walvis Bay (Durban Castle on one voyage only), Cape Town, Mossel Bay, Port Elizabeth, East London, Durban, Lourenço Marques, Beira.
Return voyages: Beira, Lourenço Marques, Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, St. Helena (most voyages), Ascension (most voyages), Las Palmas, Southampton.

Other Atlantic ports of call en route to Cape Town not stated.

On one voyage only, Durban Castle proceeded from Lourenço Marques to Mauritius, and Pretoria Castle from Durban directly to Mauritius. Homebound, both vessels sailed directly from Mauritius to Durban.

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Dunnottar Castle, Durban Castle and Warwick Castle (ex-Pretoria Castle)

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(From the collection of Raymond Reynolds)

Sailings February-November 1954 (issued February 1954)
Vessel(s) Ports of call
Arundel Castle
Athlone Castle
Capetown Castle
Carnarvon Castle
Edinburgh Castle
Pretoria Castle
Stirling Castle
Winchester Castle
Royal Mail Service:
Southampton, Madeira or Las Palmas, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London, Durban.

Arundel Castle, Carnarvon Castle, Stirling Castle and Winchester Castle called at Madeira southbound and Las Palmas northbound; Athlone Castle, Capetown Castle, Edinburgh Castle and Pretoria Castle in reverse order.
The last 4 vessels also called at Mossel Bay northbound.

Braemar Castle
Rhodesia Castle
Warwick Castle
Around Africa service - out West Coast:
London, Rotterdam, Las Palmas, Ascension (every other voyage), St. Helena (every other voyage), Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London, Durban, Lourenço Marques (most voyages), Beira, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Tanga, Mombasa, Aden, Port Sudan, Suez, Port Said, Genoa, Marseilles, Gibraltar, London.
Dunnottar Castle
Durban Castle
Kenya Castle
Llangibby Castle
(incl. last sailing March-May 1954)
Around Africa service - out East Coast:
London, Gibraltar, Marseilles, Genoa, Port Said, Suez, Port Sudan (except Dunnottar Castle), Aden, Mombasa, Tanga, Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam (except Dunnottar Castle), Beira, Lourenço Marques, Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, St. Helena (every other voyage), Ascension (every other voyage), Las Palmas, UK port.

Llangibby Castle did not call at Marseilles, Genoa, Lourenço Marques, St. Helena or Ascension.

Bloemfontein Castle Intermediate service:
London, Rotterdam, Las Palmas, Lobito, Walvis Bay, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London, Durban, Lourenço Marques, Beira.
Return voyages: Beira, Lourenço Marques, Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Walvis Bay, Las Palmas, UK port.

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Pretoria Castle and Edinburgh Castle
Bloemfontein Castle
Kenya Castle, Rhodesia Castle and Braemar Castle

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Sailings October 1957-October 1958 (issued October 1957)
Vessel(s) Ports of call
Arundel Castle
Athlone Castle
Capetown Castle
Carnarvon Castle
Edinburgh Castle
Pretoria Castle
Stirling Castle
Winchester Castle
Royal Mail Service:
Southampton, Madeira or Las Palmas, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London, Durban.

Arundel Castle, Carnarvon Castle, Stirling Castle and Winchester Castle called at Madeira southbound and Las Palmas northbound; Athlone Castle, Capetown Castle, Edinburgh Castle and Pretoria Castle in reverse order.
The last 4 vessels also called at Mossel Bay northbound.

Braemar Castle
Durban Castle
Rhodesia Castle
Around Africa service - out West Coast:
London, Rotterdam, Las Palmas, Ascension, St. Helena, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London, Durban, Lourenço Marques, Beira, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Tanga, Mombasa, Aden, Port Sudan, Suez, Port Said, Genoa, Marseilles, Gibraltar, London.
Dunnottar Castle
Kenya Castle
Warwick Castle
Around Africa service - out East Coast:
London, Gibraltar, Marseilles, Genoa, Port Said, Suez, Port Sudan (except Dunnottar Castle), Aden, Mombasa, Tanga (except Dunnottar Castle), Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam, Beira, Lourenço Marques, Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, St. Helena, Ascension, Las Palmas, UK port.
Bloemfontein Castle Intermediate service:
London, Rotterdam, Las Palmas, Lobito, Walvis Bay, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London, Durban, Lourenço Marques, Beira.
Return voyages: Beira, Lourenço Marques, Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Walvis Bay, Las Palmas, UK port.

Sailings March 1960-March 1961 (issued March 1960)
Vessel(s) Ports of call
Athlone Castle
Capetown Castle
Carnarvon Castle
Edinburgh Castle
Pendennis Castle
Pretoria Castle
Stirling Castle
Winchester Castle
(incl. last sailing August/September 1960)
Windsor Castle (incl. maiden voyage August 18, 1960)
Royal Mail Service:
Southampton, Madeira or Las Palmas, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London, Durban.

Athlone Castle, Capetown Castle, Edinburgh Castle and Pretoria Castle called at Las Palmas southbound and Madeira northbound; Carnarvon Castle, Pendennis Castle, Stirling Castle and Winchester Castle in reverse order.
The last 4 vessels also called at Mossel Bay northbound.
From August 1960:
Edinburgh Castle, Pendennis Castle, Pretoria Castle and Windsor Castle called at Las Palmas southbound and Madeira northbound; Athlone Castle, Capetown Castle, Carnarvon Castle and Stirling Castle in reverse order.
The last 4 vessels also called at Mossel Bay northbound.

Braemar Castle
Durban Castle
Around Africa service - out West Coast:
London, Rotterdam, Las Palmas, Ascension (Durban Castle only), St. Helena (Durban Castle only), Walvis Bay (Braemar Castle only), Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London, Durban, Lourenço Marques, Beira, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Tanga, Mombasa, Aden, Suez, Port Said, Genoa, Marseilles, Gibraltar, London.
Kenya Castle
Rhodesia Castle
Warwick Castle
Around Africa service - out East Coast:
London, Gibraltar, Genoa, Port Said, Suez, Aden, Mombasa, Tanga, Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam, Beira, Lourenço Marques, Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Walvis Bay (Rhodesia Castle only), St. Helena (except Rhodesia Castle), Ascension (except Rhodesia Castle), Las Palmas, London.
Rhodesia Castle Special sailing October 1960-January 1961:
London, Gibraltar, Genoa, Port Said, Suez, Aden, Mombasa, Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam, Beira, Lourenço Marques, Durban.
Return voyage: Durban, Beira, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Tanga, Mombasa, Aden, Suez, Port Said, Genoa, Marseilles, Gibraltar, London.

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Pendennis Castle
Transvaal Castle
Windsor Castle

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Sailings February 1962-January 1963 (issued March 1962)
Vessel(s) Ports of call
Athlone Castle
Capetown Castle
Carnarvon Castle
(incl. last sailing April-June 1962)
Edinburgh Castle
Pendennis Castle
Pretoria Castle
Stirling Castle
Transvaal Castle
(from May 1962)
Windsor Castle
Royal Mail Service:
Southampton, Madeira or Las Palmas, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London, Durban.

Athlone Castle, Capetown Castle, Edinburgh Castle and Pretoria Castle called at Las Palmas southbound and Madeira northbound; Carnarvon Castle, Pendennis Castle, Stirling Castle and Winchester Castle in reverse order.
The last 4 vessels also called at Mossel Bay northbound.
From August 1960:
Edinburgh Castle, Pendennis Castle, Pretoria Castle and Windsor Castle called at Las Palmas southbound and Madeira northbound; Athlone Castle, Capetown Castle, Carnarvon Castle and Stirling Castle in reverse order.
The last 4 vessels also called at Mossel Bay northbound.

Braemar Castle Around Africa service - out West Coast:
London, Rotterdam, Las Palmas, Walvis Bay, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London, Durban, Lourenço Marques, Beira, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Tanga, Mombasa, Aden, Suez, Port Said, Genoa, Marseilles, Gibraltar, London.
(One sailing only.)
Kenya Castle
Rhodesia Castle
Warwick Castle
Around Africa service - out East Coast:
London, Gibraltar, Genoa, Port Said, Suez, Aden, Mombasa, Tanga (except Kenya Castle), Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam, Beira, Lourenço Marques, Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Walvis Bay (Rhodesia Castle only), St. Helena (except Rhodesia Castle), Ascension (except Rhodesia Castle), Las Palmas, London.
(One sailing each only.)
Braemar Castle
Kenya Castle
Rhodesia Castle
Warwick Castle
East African service via Suez Canal:
London, Gibraltar, Genoa, Port Said, Suez, Aden, Mombasa, Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam, Beira, Durban.
Return voyages: Durban, Lourenço Marques, Beira, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Tanga, Mombasa, Aden, Suez, Port Said, Naples, Gibraltar, London
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Durban, Beira, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Tanga, Mombasa, Aden, Suez, Port Said, Genoa, Marseilles, Gibraltar, London.
(Alternating voyages)

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Union-Castle Line/Safmarine
Sailings July 1972-December 1973
Vessel(s) Ports of call
Union-Castle Line:
Edinburgh Castle
Pendennis Castle
Windsor Castle

Safmarine:
S.A. Oranje
S.A. Vaal

Southampton, Las Palmas, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London, Durban.

Certain voyages of the Windsor Castle, Pendennis Castle and S.A. Vaal called at Madeira in both directions.

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S.A. Vaal

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See also the shipping in 1971 section.

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Union-Castle Line fleet information, history etc. on the following website:

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The Red Duster website has several pages on the history of the Union-Castle Line with illustrations of many of its liners.

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The Maritime Matters website also has a page on the history of the Union-Castle Line, with additional pages on some of its liners.

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Derek Walker's website All at Sea has several pages on the Union-Castle Line with many photos.

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Great Ships website shows postcards of many old liners and also has brief histories.
See the Index of Ships page. (See "Union-Castle" section.)

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The Simplon Postcards website has pages of Union-Castle liners with many postcards/photos.

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For a really interesting account of life onboard several Union-Castle liners in the mid-1960s,
see Rodney Gascoyne's website Life at Sea with Union-Castle.

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This page last updated November 15, 2009.