Carnarvon Castle

24th March 2004, 21:42
Carnarvon Castle

18th July 2005, 07:05
do you have any more info on the Caernavon Castle? Iwas a passenger on her out of Southampton in 1948 bound for CXape town via Las Palmas.

18th July 2005, 07:37
Welcom on board dighby. you will find al the info you need on here. great crew running a great ship here. hope you enjoy as much as I do.

18th July 2005, 12:12
CARNARVON CASTLE was built in 1926 by Harland & Wolff, Belfast. With a length of 656 feet, she was of 20,063grt and had accommodation for 311 First class, 276 Second class and 266 Third class passengers. Her maiden voyage to Cape Town was on 16 July 1926 when she sailed from Southampton.
She saw service in World War II as HMS CARNARVON CASTLE as an armed merchant cruiser. As such she saw action against the German raider THOR in the South Atlantic in December 1940. In this she suffered serious damage with six dead and 32 injured. Permanent repairs were carried out in Cape Town.
After the War, she returned to the Mail Service and was withdrawn when the TRANSVAAL CASTLE came into service. She was sold for breaking up at Mihara in 1962.

fred henderson
18th July 2005, 19:43
As built in 1926, Carnarvon Castle was one of the standard Harland & Wolff 1920s motor passenger ships. Upright bar stem, flat front slab superstructure, two sharply raked squat funnels, the tops of which were horizontal and parallel to the waterline. The forward funnel was a dummy and too far forward for a balanced profile. Some people admire these H&W designs, some hate their appearance. I think they look like upright pianos.
Then when she was only 11 years old, she was sent back to her builders and completely rebuilt. The owners obviously did not like her looks either. The ugly duckling became a swan, as shown in the shots published in this thread.


19th July 2005, 12:38
Has anyone got a picture of her beam on so that I can show my pal Bill just which cabin I occupied on the journey from Southampton to Cape town in 1948?

19th July 2005, 13:14
Goto official UC photo.

30th July 2015, 12:47
Has anyone got a picture of her beam on so that I can show my pal Bill just which cabin I occupied on the journey from Southampton to Cape town in 1948?
Hi Digby, my father was also on board the Carnarvon Castle in 1948 with his parents and an uncle. Now that I'm the only descendant left in South Africa, I doing a bit of family research. My Father's name was Gordon Kent and he was 15 at the time.

24th August 2015, 23:04
I'm am trying to find information on my grandfather,who served on the carnarvon castle. I think it used to go from southhampton to Cape Town. His name was john harvey.thanks.

Derek Roger
25th August 2015, 01:39
Our family returned to the UK in 1953 on her . Nice ship . Derek

Chris Isaac
25th August 2015, 09:52
If you would like to send me such information as you have about John Harvey I will add him to the UC section of my B&C Staff Register and lets see if anyone makes contact with more.
You will find much here on Carnarvon Castle (

25th August 2015, 10:51
Don't really know much about him. Just know he worked for union castle,one of the ships I'm told he was on was carnarvon castle. In 1931 he was a assistant cook,but I don't know when he was on what ships.thanks