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She,along with TRANSVAAL CASTLE were transferred to Safmarine in 1966.
The first shot was taken in September 1975 from CANBERRA in the Bay of Biscay as SA ORANJE passed en route to Southampton on her last inbound voyage from Cape Town.
The second shot was taken about a week later also from CANBERRA/S deck in Southampton showing her loading cargo only for her last voyage.Also in shot are CLANS ROBERTSON and ROSS which I think had just been sold and were waiting their new owners.They were Union Castle vessels although,having said that,owners and managers were complicated!!
 

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The reefer of Clan Line were 4 sisters CLAN RAMSAY-RANALD-ROBERTSON and
ROSS- they terminated their life in the middle of 1980 years under Greek flag
LADY MADONNA was RAMSAY-PSARA REEFER was ROBERTSON- SKYROS REFFER was ROSS and GOLDEN SEA was RANALD.
 

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Couldn't have been long after this that I took a photo of the three "Clans" in the thread "Three Sisters" in the Clan Line catagory.
 

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Bob S said:
Couldn't have been long after this that I took a photo of the three "Clans" in the thread "Three Sisters" in the Clan Line catagory.

Yes indeed-saw that one.Quite something to see them all together.
 

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SA Oranje

Interesting shot of SA Oranje at S/hampton prior to her final voyage. She actually carried both passengers and cargo for her final South-bound voyage, terminating at Durban on 6 Oct 1975. After destoring she left for Kaohsiung on 11 Oct. Edinburgh Castle carried cargo only on her final South-bound voyage in April/May 1976. The reefers were obviously laid up during the fruit "off-season", and carried on as Clans before being renamed and painted in U-C livery late '76.
 

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I have just put a photograph of S.A. ORANJE in the gallery. I took it in 1965 from the TRANSVAAL CASTLE. We were sailing south to be renamed S.A. VAAL and the S.A. ORANJE had just been changed from PRETORIA CASTLE a couple of weeks earlier. The photograph was taken on a normal lens which shows how close the north & southbound mailships used to pass each other.
 

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Clan Robertson & Clan Ross

Clan Robertson
Built 1965 by Greenock Dockyard of course! but placed under Union Castle management. In 1976 was transferred to Union Castle ownership and renamed Balmoral Castle - Europe / Africa service. In 1979 she was renamed Balmoral Universal. 1982 sold to Greek owners as Psara Reefer. 1984 scrapped.

Clan Ross
Built 1966 but placed under Houston Line management. To Union Castle in 1976 as Kilpurnie Castle. Became Kilpurnie Universal in 1979. Sold to Greeks as Syros Reefer in 1982 and scrapped in 1984.

The other ships in the quartet were Clan Ranald, which became Dover Castle / Universal and the Clan Ramsay which became Winchester Castle / Universal.

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I have recently purchased the dinner bell from the Pretoria Castle, I would like to hear from anyone who remembers or used this bell whilst serving on this
beautiful ship.
 

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When we emigrated out to South Africa, Cape Town in late 1969, we sailed on the S.A. Oranje from Southampton.

I remember the trip with lots of happiness.

14 days I think it took.

Gra.
 

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Pretoria Castle / SA Oranje

1965 sailed out on the Pretoria and came back SA Oranje. First trip as EDH. Remember those cape rollers well, and the 00 - 0400 hosing down the decks. Great times sadly passed on, as are those great Leviathins that gave me so much as a young man.
 

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Morning I was on the Pretoria Castle from 1956 to 1960 and would like to make contact with any colleagues from that era

I was wondering if anybody knows of Terence Alfred Parker
 

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In 1975 a friend and i decided to go on a working holiday to Cape Town and sailed on the Oranje on its very last voyage. We shared a cabin with an Australian i think his name was Renton Wright? who was getting married in Cape Town. The weather through the bay was rough, and the weather was extremely rough three days out from Cape Town. Most passengers suffered severe sea sickness, and only a few turned up for dinner on the last night. One of the South African Cricketers was also travelling on the ship, after playing in the Lancashire league during the 75 summer. I think his name was Peter Swart who came in very handy when we played the officers at deck Cricket.
 

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sa oranje - pretoria castle bell

I have recently purchased the dinner bell from the Pretoria Castle, I would like to hear from anyone who remembers or used this bell whilst serving on this
beautiful ship.
it is interesting to read the point about your dinner bell from the pretoria castle - i run a group on the union castle and recently had a image sent to me of one of the members who has this bell from the sa oranje in her garden - for the life of me - i cannot recall in which country she stays though - - thought you would be interested
 

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Terence Alfred Parker

Have just seen this post as researching Union Castle for my Father who is Terence Alfred Parker and was in service at this time on Pretoria Castle.

Please get in touch for further details.

Morning I was on the Pretoria Castle from 1956 to 1960 and would like to make contact with any colleagues from that era

I was wondering if anybody knows of Terence Alfred Parker
 
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