Hi Ian, my father was Purser on this ship during the 50s .I sailed on both the Cicassia and Celicia from the UK to India in the 50's when I was a nipper. It was in the days before mass air travel and as my Dad worked in Calcutta it was the only way for us to join him. I have very fond memories of both ships, great fun for young kids and to my adolescent mind some wonderful looking females amongst the medical sraff
Hi there Pat,I had a close encounter with the Circassia on the Clyde in the 1960s. I was on Blue Funnel's Jason alongside the mills at Meadowside Quay discharging grain.
It was quite late on a Saturday night and a crowd of us were returning to the ship after an evening ashore. As we climbed the gangway, there was an almighty crash and the ship lurched violently. Some of us got aboard, others were stranded on the quay, as moorings started to carry away fore and aft.
A look over to the Port side showed a large vessel with her bows deep in Jason's side, just at the break of the aft well deck.
It was the Circassia, which had apparently lost her steering and rammed the Jason.
After much confusion, shouting and running around, Circassia backed off and we managed to make fast again.In fact, only the two insurance wires saved us from driting off down the Clyde.
We ended up in Barclay Curles drydocks for a good while, I dont know if the Circassia continued her passage to Birkenhead.