I'm pretty sure, as a teenager, I used to see the Anchor Line's last trio at Yorkhill Quay in the fifties.
I always thought they were about the best looking motor liners ever built.
Most Glaswegians really thought of the company as "theirs".
Very pleased to have a picture of Circasia. My father, Albert Roche sailed in her during the war patrolling the Straits of Murmansk. He served on several ships but Circasia was always his favorite, maybe because he was from Glasgow, the home port of theAnchor Line.
cunamara (Peter Roche)
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
My grandmother used to be quite the traveller. She went to Bombay in the early 1950's as my grandfather was in the oil business. I was cleaning up some of the "artifacts" we rescued from here home and found a badly tarnished silver ashtray. After cleaning, I found that it is imprinted "RMS Cilicia." I suppose she must have pinched it.
"My father, Albert Roche sailed in her during the war patrolling the Straits of Murmansk. He served on several ships but Circasia was always his favorite, maybe because he was from Glasgow, the home port of theAnchor Line."
The first headmaster of my high school in Kenya was briefly Captain of Circassia in late 1940 when she was fitted out as an Armed Merchant Cruiser.
My brief comment on this was " She was at that time assigned to the Northern and Western Patrols. The decision had already been taken that strategically, the AMCs were a failure and that they should all be converted to troopships."
I sailed on the Circassia, as a 9 year old, from Liverpool to Karachi, Pakistan. We departed Liverpool on 17 March 1962, and not long after were in the Bay of Biscay, where we hit hit by the worst storm in some 35 years. The ship was holed and was apparently near to sinking - one person died. Our luggage in the hold was ruined by sea water, and I recall all the crashing of things being thrown around. We eventually made calmer waters and on to Gibralter, Port Said, Aden and then Karachi.
I am really happy to find this site and read through some of the posts, brings back some fond memories of childhood in the 50's. We had lived in Govan but my Dad had a job in Aden working for a company called Mothercat. We sailed back and forth several times on the Cilicia and Circassia and I remember distinct sights and smells of those trips. 8mm movies were taken but have not survived the years sadly.
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.
good morning wainui.re:16-april-2005,19:64,r.m.s.circassia.just noted your name,wainui and you are in n.z.i was not on the ship in your tread,but i wanted to ask you.is wainui-o-mata.its just the wife and i built our first homme there.no worries just an inquiry for old times sake.have a good dayben27