Last Sailings

The Ship Society of South Africa released a series of 4 special envelopes to commemorate the final departure of the last 4 mailships. Ironically the envelope which featured the Windsor Castle also bore the Ocean Service Mail Contract stamp. Barely a year after the centenary of this contract, one of the last of the Union-Castle mailships was sailing from our shores.

The Windsor was also the last Union-Castle mailship to be broken up, she was run up on the beach on  July 20, 2005. The end of the line had arrived.

Pendennis Castle (01/06/1976)

Pendennis Castle (01/06/1976)

SA Oranje (03/10/1975)

SA Oranje (03/10/1975)

SA Oranje (03/10/1975)

SA Oranje (03/10/1975)

 
SA Vaal (27/09/1977)

SA Vaal (27/09/1977)

Windsor Castle (06/09/1977)

Windsor Castle (06/09/1977)

SA Vaal, Windsor Castle, Good Hope Castle
 

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