SA ORANJE ex PRETORIA CASTLE

Fairfield
23rd September 2004, 14:30
She,along with TRANSVAAL CASTLE were transferred to Safmarine in 1966.
The first shot was taken in September 1975 from CANBERRA in the Bay of Biscay as SA ORANJE passed en route to Southampton on her last inbound voyage from Cape Town.
The second shot was taken about a week later also from CANBERRA/S deck in Southampton showing her loading cargo only for her last voyage.Also in shot are CLANS ROBERTSON and ROSS which I think had just been sold and were waiting their new owners.They were Union Castle vessels although,having said that,owners and managers were complicated!!

tanker
23rd September 2004, 16:00
The reefer of Clan Line were 4 sisters CLAN RAMSAY-RANALD-ROBERTSON and
ROSS- they terminated their life in the middle of 1980 years under Greek flag
LADY MADONNA was RAMSAY-PSARA REEFER was ROBERTSON- SKYROS REFFER was ROSS and GOLDEN SEA was RANALD.

Fairfield
23rd September 2004, 20:55
I remember also when they had UNIVERSAL names before going to Greeks.

Bob S
24th September 2004, 14:27
Couldn't have been long after this that I took a photo of the three "Clans" in the thread "Three Sisters" in the Clan Line catagory.

Fairfield
24th September 2004, 14:36
Couldn't have been long after this that I took a photo of the three "Clans" in the thread "Three Sisters" in the Clan Line catagory.


Yes indeed-saw that one.Quite something to see them all together.

Ken Malcolm
10th October 2004, 11:50
Interesting shot of SA Oranje at S/hampton prior to her final voyage. She actually carried both passengers and cargo for her final South-bound voyage, terminating at Durban on 6 Oct 1975. After destoring she left for Kaohsiung on 11 Oct. Edinburgh Castle carried cargo only on her final South-bound voyage in April/May 1976. The reefers were obviously laid up during the fruit "off-season", and carried on as Clans before being renamed and painted in U-C livery late '76.

Shipbuilder
18th July 2005, 07:04
I have just put a photograph of S.A. ORANJE in the gallery. I took it in 1965 from the TRANSVAAL CASTLE. We were sailing south to be renamed S.A. VAAL and the S.A. ORANJE had just been changed from PRETORIA CASTLE a couple of weeks earlier. The photograph was taken on a normal lens which shows how close the north & southbound mailships used to pass each other.

fred henderson
18th July 2005, 19:03
Clan Robertson
Built 1965 by Greenock Dockyard of course! but placed under Union Castle management. In 1976 was transferred to Union Castle ownership and renamed Balmoral Castle - Europe / Africa service. In 1979 she was renamed Balmoral Universal. 1982 sold to Greek owners as Psara Reefer. 1984 scrapped.

Clan Ross
Built 1966 but placed under Houston Line management. To Union Castle in 1976 as Kilpurnie Castle. Became Kilpurnie Universal in 1979. Sold to Greeks as Syros Reefer in 1982 and scrapped in 1984.

The other ships in the quartet were Clan Ranald, which became Dover Castle / Universal and the Clan Ramsay which became Winchester Castle / Universal.

Fred

Stef Momberg
19th October 2011, 14:20
I have recently purchased the dinner bell from the Pretoria Castle, I would like to hear from anyone who remembers or used this bell whilst serving on this
beautiful ship.

Steve P
22nd October 2011, 11:30
Fred
Kinpurnie Castle/Universal not Kilpurnie
Regards Steve

GrahamWeifang
17th September 2012, 04:17
When we emigrated out to South Africa, Cape Town in late 1969, we sailed on the S.A. Oranje from Southampton.

I remember the trip with lots of happiness.

14 days I think it took.

Gra.

Chris Isaac
18th September 2012, 14:18
When we emigrated out to South Africa, Cape Town in late 1969, we sailed on the S.A. Oranje from Southampton.

I remember the trip with lots of happiness.

14 days I think it took.

Gra.

It 1969 it was 11and a half days

mcmillan
29th July 2013, 11:52
1965 sailed out on the Pretoria and came back SA Oranje. First trip as EDH. Remember those cape rollers well, and the 00 - 0400 hosing down the decks. Great times sadly passed on, as are those great Leviathins that gave me so much as a young man.