The Union Castle R Class ships Rowallan, Rustenburg, Riebeeck, Richmond, Roslin, and the Malta Convoy ship ROCHESTER CASTLE were primarily used for the South African fruit trade and laid up in the River Blackwater each year for about three months out of season.
Broken up 3 Dec 1967.
Oyster Company ledger, 15 September 1962, compensation 2 weeks 2 days.
8 December 1962 compensation 4 weeks
Dates from Vessel Record Cards
Union Castle Mail SS
Above: Union Castle ROSLIN CASTLE laid up in River Blackwater. She visited the river in 1962, 1963-64, 1964, 1965-66 and 1966-67. Date: c1964. Source: Mersea Museum / Malcolm Cranfield Collection