She and her sister GOOD HOPE CASTLE were both completed by Swan Hunter on Tyneside in 1965 for Union Castle Line/s cargo/passenger service from Southampton to Cape Town.
They were fitted with one Barclay Curle and one George Clark Sulzer diesel each which made them very powerful motorships and were
There's not a lot of photos of the early days before the passenger extension and the second lifeboat each side. As to speed, I remember standing down in the after well deck whilst the Good Hope was rolling down to the scuppers, it was like being in a go kart when you were used to a car!!
We passed one of the new Botany Bay boxboats one night outbound in the bay, their curiousity had them flash up "what ship - where bound". I really loved answering "Good Hope Castle - Cape Mails". Shame of it was we called at Las Palmas and then had to repeat the process a couple of days later!!
Along with the Port Caroline and Chalmers and some of the later blue funnel ships this class of mail/cargo ships must be some of the smartest looking ships to ever fly the Red Ensign. No doubt there have been other smart looking ships flying the red duster over the years, but these take some beating.