Southampton Castle (Union Castle)

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Southampton Castle (Union Castle)

Post by shipstamps » Thu Jun 19, 2008 5:42 pm

The Southampton Castle was built by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson, Wallsend and launched on 20th October, 1964. her maiden voyage to the Cape was on 27th May, 1965.
She was fitted with glass lined steel tanks to carry 60,000 gallons of wine. The Southampton Castle was the first of a pair of fast cargo vessels capable of maintaining the same eleven and a half day schedule of the mail liners known as the "mini mails". They were the fastest afloat; on trials 25 knots was reached.
The large structure under the huge funnel housed 2 waste heat boilers for the turbo-electric generators plus two diesel generators for use when in port.
In 1967 accommodation for 12 government officials was added by Cammell Laird so that calls at Ascension and St Helena could be made following the withdrawal of the calls of the disposed of Capetown Castle.
On 11th October 1977 the last mail contract sailing from Cape Town was attended with sad ceremony. She was laid up at Southampton and sold in February 1978 to Costa Armatori SpA, Genoa and renamed Paola C.

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Re: Southampton Castle (Union Castle)

Post by aukepalmhof » Tue May 19, 2009 2:42 am

February 1978 Sold to Costa Armatori SpA, Genoa, Italy and renamed FRANCA C.
1984 Sold to Court Shipping Co., Malta and renamed FRANCA.
The same year sold to Chinese shipbreakers, arrived Dalian 16 January 1984.
19 January 1984 scrapping commenced at the China Resources Minerals & Metals, Dalian.

Source: Merchant Ships built 1965. Register of Merchant ships completed in 1965. some web-sites.

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