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Old 4th September 2017, 07:08
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Thanks Chris
Sorry for my late answer to your reply, it was much appreciated, I enjoyed reading the Capetown story, I was only with her from march 66 till june 66,
Thanks again,
regards Donald.
Then we were on there together, I did the last two trips before the seamen's strike, including the running aground in Flushing.
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Old 9th September 2018, 03:17
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Hi all
Anyone here remember the Capetown Castle stuck on a sand bank in the entrance to Flushing in 1966?
No I was not on the wheel! we had to wait for the tide before moving off, just wondering if there are any photos of the incident.
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here is a picture from that incident
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Old 15th September 2018, 18:47
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Capetown Castle Explosion BOT M-Notice

The attached BOT M-Notice may be of interest. It's issue came about as a result of Capetown Castle Engine Room explosion.
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The attached BOT M-Notice may be of interest. It's issue came about as a result of Capetown Castle Engine Room explosion.
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Old 18th March 2019, 21:16
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capetown castle

yes I was there oct 1960 ten died, may thy rest in peace.
ill never forget it !
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Old 25th March 2019, 08:12
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yes I was there oct 1960 ten died, may thy rest in peace.
ill never forget it !
A tragedy but only seven died.
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Old 29th March 2019, 15:55
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Thanks Wharferat et al - my memory for the date is obviously affected by the declination !

I have a full sectioned drawing of the "new" CT Castle if anyone is interested.
hello - would appreciate a copy of the drawing as youn mention - thank you
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Thanks Wharferat et al - my memory for the date is obviously affected by the declination !

I have a full sectioned drawing of the "new" CT Castle if anyone is interested.
hello - would appreciate a copy of the drawing as you mention - thank you
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Old 13th May 2019, 15:42
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capetown explosion

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Hello All,
I am rather new to this sort of format so please bear with me. I am interested in information around the explosion on board the Capetown Castle, but specifically the aftermath and recovery to the UK. There is a wealth of information about the vessel leading up to the explosion and still a number around who were there at the time. Similarly there appears to be a wealth of information around the vessel's life thereafter, however I am looking specifically for any information around the recovery/rescue of the vessel and its return to Southampton(?) for refit.
My father, Geoffrey Newsome Aldridge (aka 'Mao' due to his short cropped dark hair and thick round glasses - cruel but true I know!) now sadly deceased, undertook his national service in the Merchant Navy as an engineer with Clan, Blue Funnel and Castle ships. He sailed as a Third engineer and at least once as a Junior Second, and according to my mother was regarded as something of a go-to kind of guy, ie if you had a problem he was the the guy you go to, to sort it out. I accept of course that this may be my mothers rose tinted perception of a sadly missed husband, but there may be some merit in it in that when the Capetown Castle explosion occurred he was contacted and formed part of a specific team that was flown out to rebuild/repair what could be repaired and bring her back to the UK - Southampton I think?? I recall him telling me a number of things about this rescue, including I think something about issues with a main prop shaft during the return as it had been bent with the force of the explosion and causing vibrations etc?? No mean feat if true due to the length and diameter of such a thing. He also mentioned being shadowed all the way home by a German deep sea tug looking to claim salvage on the ship and her cargo?
As you can see I'm looking for information around a quite specific time in the Capetown Castle's very varied life and any help in finding any information out, reports/logs, especially any mention of the team and its members would be greatly appreciated, even more so if there were anybody still out there who remembers my dad and what he/they did.
Many thanks for any assistance and taking the time to read this.
Mark Aldridge.
the article announcing the explosion and a old newspaper clipping
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