A Union-Castle Fleetlist

This is by no means the complete Union-Castle fleet list, the company had many ships which were not so famous or which were not on the mail run. I have tried to include as many as I can find information on but have included some ships built prior to 1900 so as to establish precedence. I will be revising this list now that I have more research material, but technically this page is under construction.

The list of Union-Castle wartime losses may be obtained on the relevant page

Ships name Service Launch Builders GRT Demise
           
Alnwick Castle  1901-1917    Beardmore, Glasgow 5893  Torpeoed 19/03/1917 
Armadale Castle (II) 1903-1935 11/08/1903 Fairfield, Glagow 12 973 Scrapped 1935
Arundel Castle (III)  1894-1925 02/10/1894  Fairfeld, Glasgow  4588  Scrapped 1925
Arundel Castle (IV) 1921-1958 11/09/1919 Harland & Wolff 19 023 Scrapped 1959
Athlone Castle 1935-1965 28/11/1935 Harland & Wolff 25 564 Arrived 13/09/1965 for breaking up
Avondale Castle  1897-1923 05/11/1896 Fairfield, Glasgow  5531 Sold 1912, scrapped 1923
Balmoral Castle (II) 1910-1939 13/11/1909 Fairfield, Glasgow. 13 361 Scrapped 1939
Bloemfontein Castle 1950-1959 25/08/1949 Harland & Wolff 18 400 Sold (Patris), scrapped
Braemar Castle (I) 1898-1924 23/02/1898 Barclay Curle, Glasgow  6226  Broken up 1894
Braemar Castle (III)

1952-1965

24/04/1952  Harland and Wolff, Belfast  17041  Arrived 6 January 1966 for scrapping
Carnarvon Castle (I)          
Carnarvon Castle (II) 1926-1962 14/01/1926 Harland & Wolff, Belfast 20 063 Arrived for scrapping 08/09/1962
Capetown Castle 1938-1967 23/09/1937 Harland & Wolff, Belfast 27 002 Arrived 26/09/1967 for scrapping
Carisbrook Castle 1898-1922  28/10/1897 Fairfield, Glasgow  7626  Scrapped 1922 
Dover Castle (II) 1904-1917 04/02/1904 Barclay Curle, Glasgow  8271  Torpeod 17/05/1917 
Dunnottar Castle (I)   22/05/1890      
Dunnottar Castle (II) 1936-1958 25 /01/ 1936 Harland & Wolff, Belfast 15007 Sold 1958. New career as a cruise ship. Arrived at breakers 25 May 2004 
Durban Castle 1938-1962 14/06/1938 Harland & Wolff, Belfast 17 388 Scrapped 1962
Dunbar Castle (II) 1930-1940 31/10/1929 Harland & Wolff, Govan 10 002 09/01/1940 Mined and sank
Dunluce Castle (II) 1904-1939 31/04/1904 Harland & Wolff, Belfast 8114 Sold 1939, Scrapped 1945
Dunvegan Castle (I) 1896-1923 14/04/1896  Fairfield, Glasgow  15007  Scrapped 1923
Dunvegan Castle (II) 1936-1940 26/03/1936 Harland & Wolff 15 007 Torpedoed 27/08/1940, sank
Durham Castle 1904-1940 17/12/1903 Fairfield, Glasgow  8217  Sold 1939, Torpeoed 1940 
Edinburgh Castle (II) 1910-1940 27/01/1910 Harland & Wolff, Belfast 13268 Taken up as an accommodation ship 1940, sunk by gunfire 1948
Edinburgh Castle (III) 1948-1976 16/10/1947 Harland & Wolff 28 705 Arrived for scrapping 05/03/1976
Galway Castle 1911-1918 12/04/1911 Harland & Wolff, Belfast 7 988 Torpedoed and sank, 12/09/1918
Garth Castle 1910-1939 13/01/1910  Barclay Curle, Glasgow  7612  Scrapped 1939
Gloucester Castle 1911-1942 13/05/1911  Fairfield, Glasgow 7 999 Sunk 15/07/1942 (German raider Schiff 28)
Grantully Castle 1911-1939 11/10/1909 Barclay Curle, Glasgow  7612  Scrapped 1939
Guildford Castle 1911-1933 11/08/1911  Barclay Curle  7995 Sunk after a collision in the Elbe May 1933
Kenilworth Castle (II) 1904-1936 5/12/1903 Harland & Wolff, Belfast 12 975 Scrapped 1936
Kenya Castle 1951-1967 21/06/1951 Harland & Wolff 17 038 Sold (Amerikanis), scrapped 2001
Kildonan Castle 1899-1931  22/08/1899  Fairfield, Glasgow 9 692  Scrapped 1931
Kinfauns Castle (II)  1899-1972 12/05/1899 Fairfield, Glasgow  9652  Scrapped 1927
Llangibby Castle 1929-1954 04/07/1929 Harland & Wolff, Govan 12 039 Scrapped
Llandovery Castle (I) 1914-1918 03/09/1913 Barclay Curle, Glasgow. 10 609 Torpedoed, sank 27/06/1918
Llandovery Castle (II) 1925-1953 04/07/1929 Barclay Curle, Glasgow 10 609 Scrapped
Llandaff Castle 1926-1942 10/08/1926 Workman Clark, Belfast 10 786 Torpedoed, 30/11/1942, sank
Llanstephan Castle 1914-1952 29/08/1913 Fairfield Glasgow 11 299 Scrapped 1952
Pretoria Castle (I) Warwick Castle (IV)  1938-1962   Harland and Wolff, Belfast  17383  Sold to admiralty 1942, converted to aircraft carrier. Sold back to UC converted to mailship as Warwick Castle. Arrived for scrapping 26/07/1962
Pretoria Castle (II) 1948-1966 19/08/1947 Harland & Wolff 28 705 Transferred (SA Oranje), arrived for scrapping 17/03/1975
Pendennis Castle 1958-1976 24/12/1957 Harland & Wolff 28 442 Sold (Ocean Queen), Scrapped. 
Reina Del Mar 1964-1975 07/06/1955? Harland & Wolff, Belfast 20 263 Arrived for scrapping 30/07/1975
Rhodesia Castle 1951-1967 05/04/1951 Harland & Wolff 17 038 Arrived 26/10/1967 for scrapping
Stirling Castle (II) 1936-1966 15/08/1935? Harland & Wolff, Belfast 25 550 Sailed to the breakers  01/02/1966
Tantallon Castle (II) 1894-1901   Fairfield, Glasgow   Wrecked Robben Island 1901
Tintagel Castle (I) 1896-1923   Fairfield, Glasgow 5531 Scrapped 1923 
Transvaal Castle 1961-1966 17/01/1961 John Brown Clydebank 30 212

Transferred (SA Vaal),  beached 13/07/2003

Walmer Castle (II) 1902-1932 06/07/1901 Harland & Wolff 12 546 Scrapped 1932
Walmer Castle (III)  1936-1941    Harland and Wolff, Belfast 906  Destroyed by air attack Sept 1941
Warwick Castle (III) 1931-1942 29/04/1930 Harland & Wolff 20 445 Torpedoed 12/11/1942, sank
Windsor Castle (II) 1922-1943 09/03/1921 John Brown Clydebank 18 967 Sank 23/03/1943 (air attack) 
Windsor Castle (III) 1960-1977 23/06/1959 Cammel, Laird. Birkenhead. 37 647 Sold (Margarita L), sailed for scrapping 14/02/2005 
Winchester Castle (I) 1930-1960 19/11/1929 Harland & Wolff, Govan 20 109 Arrived for scrapping 05/11/1960 
Cargo Ships
 Good Hope Castle (II) 1965-1978    Swan Hunter, Wallsend  10538  Sold 1978 (Paola C)
 Southampton Castle 1965-1978  10/1965 Swan Hunter, Wallsend  10538  Sold 1978 (Franca C)
Roslin Castle (III) 1935-1971   Harland & Wolff 7 016 Scrapped 1971
Rothesay Castle (I) 1935-1940   Harland & Wolff 7 016 Ran aground January 1940
Rothesay Castle (II)  1959-1978 30/12/1959 Greenock Dockyard, Greenock.  9650  Sold 1975
Rochester Castle 1937-1970   Harland & Wolff 7 795 Sold for breaking up 1970 (Glenda)
Rowallan Castle (I) 1939-1942   Harland & Wolff 7 798 Torpedoed 14/02/1942, sank
Rowallan Castle (II) 1943-1971   Harland & Wolff 7 950 Scrapped 1971
Richmond Castle (I) 1939-1942   Harland & Wolff 7 798 Torpedoed, 04/08/1942, sank
Richmond Castle (II) 1944-1971   Harland & Wolff 7 971 Scrapped 1971
Riebeeck Castle  1946-1971    Harland & Wolff, Belfast  8322  Scrapped 1971 
Rotherwick Castle  1953-1975    Greenock Dockyard, Rotherwick  9650  Sold 1975 
Roxburgh Castle (II) 1937-1943   Harland & Wolff 7 801 Torpedoed 22/02/1943
Roxburgh Castle (II)  1945-1971    Harland and Wolff, Belfast  7971  Scrapped 1971 
Rustenburg Castle 1946-1971   Harland & Wolff 8 322 Scrapped 1971
Tantallon Castle (III) 1953-1971   Harland & Wolff 7 448 Sold 1971 (Aris II)
Tintagel Castle (II) 1954-1971   Harland & Wolff 7 447 Sold 1971 (Armar) , scrapped 1978

Sisters and classes.

It is always difficult to know what makes a sister ship, or which is part of the same class, and I will be expanding this area shortly. 

However the following is true.

Arundel Castle and Windsor Castle (2) were sisters.

Tintagel (1) and Avondale Castle were sisters

Dunluce (II) and Dover (II) were sisters

Llandovery Castle (II) and Llandaff Castle were sisters

Carnarvon and Winchester were near sister

Athlone and Stirling were sisters.

Kinfauns (2) and Kildonan were sisters

Edinburgh (II) and Balmoral (II) were sisters

Pretoria (SA Oranje) and Edinburgh (3) were sisters 

The “G” class consisted of: Garth Castle, Grantully Castle (II), Galway Castle, Gloucester Castle, Guildford Castle. 

The “R” Class consisted of:

Rochester, Roxburgh, Richmond, Rowallan were sisters.

Roslin (III), Rothesay (I)

Rotherwick and Rothesay (II) were sisters

Dunvegan (II) and Dunnottar (II) were sisters

Transvaal Castle and Windsor Castle were not sisters

Braemar (III), Kenya and Rhodesia Castle were sisters

Warwick (III) and Winchester Castle (I) were sisters. 

Transvaal Castle became Festivale, Dunnottar Castle became Victoria, Kenya Castle became Amerikanis, Windsor Castle became Margarita L. 

Bibliography:

Union-Castle Line In Colour. Barry J Eagles. Published by Waterfront. 2001.

Merchant Fleets in Profile (3)  Duncan Haws. Published by Patrick Stephens, Cambridge 1979

©DRW 2016-2017. Created 03/10/2016. Length column removed 06/10/2016,  Originally created 2001.

Blogging while allatsea © 1999-2017. All photographs are copyright to DR Walker or the relevant photographer. Frontier Theme