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Union-Castle Line History and Ephemera

The Union-Castle Line offered many passenger and freight services including Royal Mail Service; Intermediate Steamship Class Service, East African Coast Service, Mauritius Service and Service to Lobito. For the UK, They served the ports of London and Southampton.

Union-Castle Line Ephemera

Steamship Ticket  Record (1904) Union-Castle Line

1904-10-08 Steamship Ticket Record - Union-Castle Line

A detached counterpart to a Steerage Passenger's Contract Ticket for passage on the RMS Arundale Castle of the Union-Castle Mail Steamship Company, Limited. Voyage was from Southampton to Cape Town departing on 1904-10-08.

Steerage Passenger's Contract Ticket, Union-Castle Steamship Co. 1906

1906-11-12 Steerage Contract Ticket - Southampton to Natal

Extraordinary original Steerage Passenger's Contract Ticket for a 27 year old man from Southampton, England for passage to Natal, South Africa in 1906. It provides rich details of the requirements of the steamship company in terms of food, water and other items supplied during the journey.

Counterpart to Third Class Passage Ticket (1907

1907-09-16 Counterpart to Third Class Passage Ticket

Third Class Counterpart Passage Ticket Issued to F. R. Peverall by the Union-Castle Mail Steamship Company on 16 September 1907 for Third Class passage on the SS Garka from Cape Town to England. Cost of the Ticket was £10:10:0. Includes Contract Terms and Conditions and Notice to Passengers.

1911-07-15 RMS Walmer Castle

1911-07-15 RMS Walmer Castle Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: First and Second Class
  • Date of Departure: 4 November 1927
  • Route: Southampton for Capetown via Madeira, Algoa Bay, East London, and Natal
  • Commander: Captain F. Whitehead, R.N.R.
Deck Class Steamship Ticket, Union-Castle Line, RMS Dunvegan Castle 1912 -Front

1912-11-15 Deck Class Ticket - RMS Dunvegan Castle

Rare Deck Class Steamship Ticket of the Union Castle Line for passage from Port Said to Delogoa Bay on the RMS Dunvegan Castle dated 15 November 1912.

1927-11-04 R.M.M.V. Carnarvon Castle

1927-11-04 R.M.M.V. Carnarvon Castle Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: First and Second Class
  • Date of Departure: 4 November 1927
  • Route: Southampton for Capetown via Madeira, Algoa Bay, East London, and Natal
  • Commander: Captain W. F. Stanley
1929-05-23 SS Llandaff Castle

1929-05-23 SS Llandaff Castle Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: First Class
  • Date of Departure: 23 May 1929
  • Route: London to South Africa via the Mediterranean
  • Ports of Call: London to Natal via Marseilles, Genoa, Port Said, Port Sudan, Aden, Mombasa, Tanga, Zanzibar, DarEs-Salaam, Port Amelia, Beira and Lourenço Marques (Maputo)
  • Commander: Captain E. F. Gilbert
1929-11-29 RMS Walmer Castle

1929-11-29 RMS Walmer Castle Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: First and Second Saloon
  • Date of Departure: 29 November 1929
  • Route: Capetown to Southampton via Madeira
  • Commander: Captain W. Morton Betts
Menu Cover - Dinner Menu and Music Program - Union-Castle Line SS Dunluce Castle - 1936

1936-05-25 SS Dunluce Castle Dinner Menu

Rare Vintage Dinner Menu from 25 May 1936 on board the SS Dunluce Castle of the Union-Castle Line featured Mignon of Beef Benjamin, Supreme of Turbot, Sauce Riche, and Junket aux Fraises Chantilly for dessert.

1939-07-14 RMS Windsor Castle

1939-07-14 RMS Windsor Castle Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin and Tourist Class
  • Date of Departure: 14 July 1939
  • Route: Cape Town to London via Madeira
  • Commander: Captain R. W. Goodacre, R.D., R.N.R
1949-04-21 R.M.M.V. Capetown Castle

1949-04-21 R.M.M.V. Capetown Castle Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: First and Cabin Class
  • Date of Departure: 21 April 1949
  • Route: Southampton for Capetown, Port Elizabeth, East London, and Durban via Madeira
  • Commander: Captain W. D. Roach
1954-12-09 R.M.M.V. Winchester Castle

1954-12-09 R.M.M.V. Winchester Castle Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: First and Tourist Class
  • Date of Departure: 9 December 1954
  • Route: Southampton to Durban via Madeira, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, and East London
  • Commander: Captain G. W. B. Lloyd
1955-06-17 RMS Edinburgh Castle

1955-06-17 RMS Edinburgh Castle Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: First and Cabin Class
  • Date of Departure: 17 June 1955
  • Route: Cape Town to London via Madeira
  • Commander: Captain H. A. Deller

 

Other Ephemera

Track Chart of the Union-Castle Line Steamships, 1929

Track Chart of the Union-Castle Line Steamships, 1929.

Fleet List and Tonnage (1929)

  1. M.V. Winchester Castle :- About 20 000 Tons (Building)
  2. M.V. Warwick Castle :- About 20,000 Tons (Building)
  3. M.V. Carnarvon Castle :- 20,063 Tons
  4. SS Arundel Castle :- 19,023 Tons
  5. SS Windsor Castle :- 18,967 Tons
  6. SS Bal Moral Castle :- 13,361  Tons
  7. SS Edinburgh Castle :- 13.330 Tons
  8. SS Kenilworth Castle :- 12.975 Tons
  9. SS Armadale Castle :- 12,973 Tons
  10. SS Walmer Castle :- 12,546 Tons
  11. SS Saxon :- 12,385 Tons
  12. M.V. Llangibby Castle :- About 11,000 Tons (Building)
  13. SS Llanstephan Castle :- 11,293 Tons
  14. SS Llandaff Castle :- 10,786 Tons
  15. SS Llandovery Castle :- 10,609 Tons
  16. M.V. Dunbar Castle :- About 10,000 Tons (Building)
  17. SS Kildonan Castle :- 9.688 Tons
  18. SS Durham Castle :- 8,239 Tons
  19. SS Dunluce Castle :- 8,130 Tons
  20. SS Gloucester Castle :- 7,999 Tons
  21. SS Guildford Castle :- 7,995 Tons
  22. SS Garrth Castle :- 7,715 Tons
  23. SS Sandgate Castle :- 7,634 Tons
  24. SS Grantully Castle :- 7,612 Tons
  25. SS Sandown Castle :- 7.607 Tons
  26. SS Chepstow Castle :- 7,494 Tons
  27. SS Ripley Castle :- 7,446 Tons
  28. SS Glengorm Castle :- 6,763 Tons
  29. SS Bampton Castle :- 6,698 Tons
  30. SS Bratton Castle :- 6,696 Tons
  31. SS Banbury Castle :- 6.429 Tons
  32. SS Carlow Castle :- 5,833 Tons
  33. SS Dundrum Castle :- 5,259 Tons
  34. SS Dromore Castle :- 5,242 Tons
  35. SS Crawford Castle :- 4.383 Tons
  36. SS Rovuma :- 1,239 Tons
  37. SS Eider :- 1,236 Tons
  38. SS Hansa :- 880 Tons
  39. SS Stork :- 278 Tons
  40. SS Koodoo :- 119 Tons

Source: 1929 Union- Castle Line Passenger List - Llandaff Castle

ROYAL MAIL SERVICE

The South African Royal Mail Steamers are despatched from Southampton every Friday for the Cape Province and Natal via Madeira. On the outward journey the Royal Mail Steamers proceed as far as Durban, at which Port they commence the homeward voyage, sailing thence every Thursday; from East London every Friday; from Algoa Bay (Port Elizabeth) every Saturday; arriving at Capetown usually on Monday morning, and proceeding thence to Southampton, via Madeira, on the Friday.

Passengers landing at Madeira may enjoy a very interesting excursion to Terreiro da Lucta by the Mount Railway Company's trains which make the trip in half an hour. Tickets may be obtained from the Purser.

The Mail Service to St. Helena and Ascension is performed by the Intermediate Steamers calling at these Islands, Outward and Homeward, approximately every four weeks.

INTERMEDIATE SERVICE

The Intermediate Steamers taking First and Third Class Passengers only at lower rates than by the Royal Mail Steamers, are despatched frequently from London, for the Cape Province, Natal, Lourenço Marques (Delagoa Bay), and Beira. These Steamers proceed alternately via Las Palmas (Grand Canary) and Teneriffe.

There is a homeward service by Intermediate Steamers from the Cape Ports, Durban, Lourenco, Marques, Beira and Mauritius, via Las Palmas or Teneriffe to London.

EAST COAST SERVICE

During each period of three months two Passenger Steamers are despatched to East and South African ports via Suez, returning via the West Coast and Canary Islands, and there is a similar service to South Africa via the Canary Islands, returning via East Coast ports and Suez.

MAURITIUS SERVICE

Connection between England and Mauritius is maintained by Steamers at certain intervals.

LOBITO.

Calls at Lobito are sometimes made on the outward and homeward voyage.

OCEAN RETURN TICKETS

A reduction off the amount of two Single Fares is made on Ocean Return Tickets. Ocean Return Tickets are available for twelve months.

SINGLE TICKETS, RE-BOOKING ALLOWANCE

Passengers who have taken a Single Ticket only from England or South Africa (paying the full single tariff fare thereon), and who return within twelve months from the date of embarkation, will be allowed a reduction of 10 per cent. on the amount of the single journey back, on production of the counterfoil of the first single ticket taken by them. This concession does not apply to passages Coastwise or to Ports at which the Steamers of the Union-Castle Line do not call.

The period of twelve months specified above cannot under any circumstances be extended.

PREPAID PASSAGES, OUTWARD OR HOMEWARD

Passages can be prepaid in England or South Africa for friends on the other side, and advice of such passages can be sent by cable at a small additional expense if desired. The Company, however, does not accept any responsibility for any inaccuracy, mistake or oversight on the part of the Company's Servants or Agents, or any other persons, in the wording, despatch or delivery of any telegram or letter in connection with these prepaid passages, or for any consequences arising therefrom.

Remittances of small amounts can also be made to passengers at the same time.

Handbook of Information for Passengers can be obtained gratis from the Purser on board.

THE SOUTH AND EAST AFRICAN YEAR BOOK AND GUIDE, nearly 1,000 pages with 64 pages of maps in colour, On sale in the Hairdresser's Shop, price 2/6.

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