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Chris Isaac



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I had the pleasure of doing a season as Third Officer on her in 1969.
Great fun but hard work as it was run like a bus service, only back in Southampton every two weeks and even then we were lucky to have an overnight stay.
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anthony lear
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Mon, 3 December 07 09:27

Anyone know why Union Castle chose to keep the name when they took her over?
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Mon, 3 December 07 09:57

I think it was because of the reputation of her name as a cruising brand. After she left PSNC she was transfered to one of the first cruise operations TSA. She was then bought by Union Castle who took over not only the ship but her cruise bookings. So it just made sense.

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anthony lear
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Mon, 3 December 07 10:35

Thanks Chris,
A sign of the commercial branding ethos coming into play already in the 60s.
A decade before and the first thing any self respecting company did when they bought a ship was to give it one of their own names.
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RGascoyne

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Mon, 3 December 07 14:43

Thanks for this great print Chris - I too turned this way from Southampton and once turned left instead. A good photo of the old girl.
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Bob Preston
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Mon, 3 December 07 15:56

Who wanted to stay in Southampton overnight any way! No problems with cargo either, they just walked off and the new lot just walked on. The first snag after getting her up and running was 2nd night out. Captains cocktail party in the Coral Lounge, a three line whip affair, for the engineers anyway. On reflection nice to know we were wanted!

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Chris Isaac

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Tue, 4 December 07 02:49

The hardest part was when on watch in the morning, all those lovelies out on the sun deck right in front of the bridge. Observing Rule 5 was difficult !

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Sea Princess
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Tue, 4 December 07 08:24

Sadly not too many shipd leave through the Needles channel these days.

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Mon, 18 February 08 16:47

Perhaps that is where we met. I was 4/0 in 1970.
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DavidSankson
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Tue, 25 August 09 03:53

Only just come across this thread.
We must have passed each other.
I sailed on her from Jul 69 until Mar 71, couldn't afford to miss a cruise or you wouldn't get the South America cruises ( I did 2)

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