Mersea Island Museum - Blackwater Ships


Ship:      ROSLIN CASTLE
Arrived:30 August 1962
Departed:10 December 1962
Arrived 2:28 August 1963
Departed 2:5 January 1964
Arrived 3:3 September 1964
Departed 3:30 December 1964
Arrived 4:3 September 1965
Departed 4:23 January 1966
Arrived 5:22 September 1966
Departed 5:8 February 1967
Career: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 and
Mid Essex WSS - Lloyds List: arrived 31 Aug 1962 sailed 10 Dec 1962, arrived 28 Aug 1963, sailed 9 Jan 1964, arrived 3 Sep 1964 sailed 30 Dec 1964, arrived 29 Sep 1965 sailed 23 Jan 1966, arrived 22 Sep 1966

Tonnage:7,016 gross
Built:1935
Type:Refrigerated ship
Owner:Union Castle Mail SS
LR/IMO Number:5530021
Official No:164448
ID5530021

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.

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


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