I find that wierd too,as you said,to me the Newcastle was one of the small jobs,to me too samall for the Cdn City run.Something wrong here, I sailed two trips on the Newcastle , the second trip was 9 mths long and terminated in Montreal in 1976. The Olympic games were on the time and all the flights home were booked out, so we were put up in a French style hotel for a fortnight ---first time I ate snails. I digress, the poiunt is ,was this the same City of Newcastle that you refer to.
Sorry (once again!), I knew CIP as the Canandain International Paper run out of Cornerbrook down to the USEC and Caribes & Sth America which Brocklebanks were running - Ellerman's CIP was before my time, I came on board when the red terradactals (sp?) footprint was stamped on the funnel and it became CCL. Which, by the way, I was informed when I was living in Montreal, the Candian general agent, McClean Kennedy, were the owners of the funnel mark and in fact the service was some kind of joint venture between Ellermans and Mclean Kennedy. There's usless some trivia for youC.I.P stood for Canada, India and Pakistan, cheers.