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Capetonian
27th Oct 2011, 20:09
Going through years of accumulated papers, I've found all sorts of things, like old passports full of Rhodesian border stamps, Air Rhodesia timetables and boarding passes, and quite a lot of stuff from my voyages on the Union Castle/Safmarine ships, like deck plans, fold out brochures, and so on.

I don't really want them, but it seems a pity to make fire bricks out of them as I do with most of the old papers, so if anyone collects such items, I'd be happy to see them go to someone who might appreciate them.

http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee406/Helios340/UnionCastle.jpg



gruntie
27th Oct 2011, 20:22
Anything from Kenya or Warwick Castles?

Capetonian
27th Oct 2011, 20:28
Unfortunately not - I am too young!

tony draper
27th Oct 2011, 20:34
Might be better to post this on ShipsNostagia Mr C,all sorts of ship memorabilia collectors and exe Castle Boat chaps there.
Will come back with a link if your not a member,tiz easy to join.
:)
Ships Nostalgia (http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/)

Juliet Sierra Papa
27th Oct 2011, 20:37
Capetonian, I would be glad to help you out there and relieve you of those items. I could arrange collection soon if you agree. Please pm if you agree or would rather discuss further.
JSP

Capetonian
27th Oct 2011, 20:57
To those of you who've replied here and who PM'd me :

I didn't expect there to be any interest, let alone so much.

I will make a complete list of what there is, and try to find a fair way to split it up so that everyone gets something. I don't want any money for it (hence not putting it on Flea-Bay) and the postage will be negligible.

Just give me a day or two to deal with it as I do (believe it or not) have a life outside Pprune and I'm going to be out most of tomorrow and the weekend.

parabellum
27th Oct 2011, 21:00
If you have a deck plan, or anything, from the Stirling Castle I would be very interested and happy to pay P & P to Australia.

tony draper
27th Oct 2011, 21:01
Be careful out there Mr C.:=

lexxity
27th Oct 2011, 21:07
Just give me a day or two to deal with it as I do (believe it or not) have a life outside PPRuNe and I'm going to be out most of tomorrow and the weekend.

You do? Really? :8

Capetonian
27th Oct 2011, 21:10
Quote:
Just give me a day or two to deal with it as I do (believe it or not) have a life outside PPRuNe and I'm going to be out most of tomorrow and the weekend.

You do? Really?

I know. Sad, innit!

beaufort1
27th Oct 2011, 22:06
Used to work with an ex-Chief Engineer off the Leeds Castle, sadly passed away a few years ago. :(

Capetonian
5th Nov 2011, 18:50
I've made a list of what there is :


Passenger Accommodation fold out leaflet for SA Oranje (x2) as in post 1
Passenger Accommodation fold out leaflet for RMS Edinburgh Castle (x2) as in post 1
Pendennis Castle Menu and Ships Log dated 05 November 1975 (coincidence - 36 years ago today!)
SA Vaal Menu dated 22 SEP 77 (last voyage)
RMS Windsor Castle Dinner Menu 04 SEP 77
Wanted on Voyage explanatory leaflet for passengers
SA Vaal postcard
Newspaper cutting 26 September 1977 'Fond Farewell to the Vaal' (Cape Argus)
Various baggage labels
Sheets of SA Vaal notepaper and Union-Castle/Safmarine envelopes


http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee406/Helios340/Mailship01.jpg

http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee406/Helios340/Mailship02.jpg

http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee406/Helios340/Mailship03.jpg

tony draper
5th Nov 2011, 19:44
Pages and Pages of Castle Boats here Mr P.
:)
Message - Ships Nostalgia Gallery (http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/search.php?searchid=997619)
oops sorry that seems to be mostly Windsor Castle think one would have to search for he individual ship.
Here be the Stirling Castle pages Mr P.
Message - Ships Nostalgia Gallery (http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/search.php?searchid=997638)

cavortingcheetah
5th Nov 2011, 19:50
Capetonian.

It's lovely stuff and here's a shop that, while not having a really good website, might be interested in some of your cobwebs.
I have bought the liner labels from them of the ships I sailed on years ago and have them on my ancient suitcases as traveling memorabilia.

Cobwebs - Ocean Liner Memorabilia - Home Page (http://www.cobwebs.uk.com/)

Cacophonix
5th Nov 2011, 20:54
Damn you guys....;)

Dived off the Seafarer not a week ago... :ok:

Mike ( aka Caco)

lomapaseo
5th Nov 2011, 22:15
I'm a nostalgia buff

but I don't collect any longer. All my similar stuff is digitalized and free to anybody that E-mails me.

That's one of my hobbies, just creating scans and files

oops ... no need to respond slasher its not pornography:p

unstable load
6th Nov 2011, 14:24
I see the RMS St Helena is about to be consigned to the scrapbooks of history.
Saint Helena is to get an airport and all the trappings of modernity when the Mailship is retired in 2 years time.

Another bit of the quiet life goes away.....:(

Solid Rust Twotter
6th Nov 2011, 19:27
The Tristanians are going to die of thirst. The MV St Helena does the beer run every few months.

lexxity
6th Nov 2011, 20:56
So there will be no RMS Ships left then? Bloody buggery bollocks. (That'll get me a ban won't it?) :\

G-CPTN
6th Nov 2011, 21:11
only three ships with the right to the prefix; RMS Segwun, which serves as a passenger vessel in Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada, RMS St Helena, which serves the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic, and RMS Queen Mary 2. QM2 was conferred "RMS" by Royal Mail when she entered service in 2004 on the Southampton to New York route as a gesture to Cunard's history.
From:- Royal Mail Ships - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Mail_Ship#Modern_times)

unstable load
7th Nov 2011, 05:01
The Tristanians are going to die of thirst. The MV St Helena does the beer run every few months.
Cue for some enterprising bloke with a converted trawler or similar to get something going.

Solid Rust Twotter
7th Nov 2011, 05:42
The Hekla and the Tristania II should still be around but they're usually busy fishing. Everything on the island comes either from the UK via St Helena or from CT. Poor buggers are probably going to end up having to put Castle in their mouths. The horror....!

unstable load
9th Nov 2011, 06:17
Poor buggers are probably going to end up having to put Castle in their mouths. The horror....!
:eek: :=Indeed, the price of progress......:ugh:

Smeagol
9th Nov 2011, 13:09
Thanks for the memories Capetonian.

I emigrated to CT on the Oranje in '75 and have a couple of similar labels somewhere in my 'memorabilia' box. Also remember the last sailing of the Vaal as per your newspaper photo. Watched it from the Holiday Inn whilst having a beer or three!

Some of the happiest days of my life! It was a great place to live in those days.

Capetonian
10th Nov 2011, 07:29
I emigrated to Cape Town on the Pendennis Castle in 1975. Totally echo your words. Sad to see how the country is slowly slipping back into savagery.

TRC
11th Nov 2011, 09:04
I came across this (http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=74945) by accident. All very nostalgic.

Capetonian
20th Nov 2011, 18:29
Not greyed out is still left :

Passenger Accommodation fold out leaflet for SA Oranje as in post 1
Passenger Accommodation fold out leaflet for RMS Edinburgh Castle as in post 1
Pendennis Castle Menu and Ships Log dated 05 November 1975 (coincidence - 36 years ago today!)
SA Vaal Menu dated 22 SEP 77 (last voyage)
RMS Windsor Castle Dinner Menu 04 SEP 77
Wanted on Voyage explanatory leaflet for passengers
SA Vaal postcard
Newspaper cutting 26 September 1977 'Fond Farewell to the Vaal' (Cape Argus)
Various baggage labels
Sheets of SA Vaal notepaper and Union-Castle/Safmarine envelopes

reynoldsno1
21st Nov 2011, 23:31
When I were a nipper I remember writing to all the mjor shipping lines like Union Castle, P&O, Shaw Savill, Cunard etc and asking for pictures of their ships. I received dozens of postcards from them - like a giant tea packet card collection (if you recall those cards from packets of tea). Don't know what happened to them .....:{

G-CPTN
21st Nov 2011, 23:54
As a teenager (maybe earlier) I wrote to all the aircraft manufacturers and usually received brochures and sometimes genuine photographs of their products. These were typically 'full plate' illustrations and either coloured artwork or black and white prints.

I made a 'book' from sheets of card double elephant size (27"x40") laced together with parachute nylon and bound in hardboard covers.

The illustrations were pasted onto the pages using Cow Gum and the finished result (with some spare empty pages) was left at home when I moved out at age 21. I had painted the hardboard front cover with an emblem including a Sycamore helicopter (using Humbrol paints) and a legend describing the contents.

It was a substantial record of civilian and military aircraft development from 1955 to 1962 - my mother 'disposed' of it whilst I was away . . . http://images.ibsrv.net/ibsrv/res/src:www.pprune.org/get/images/smilies/boohoo.gif

paully
22nd Nov 2011, 10:16
Capetonian

I will happily take the fold out plans for the SA Oranje and the Edinburgh Castle off your hands. Was brought up in Cape Town and in those days you could wander anywhere in the docks. Union Castle seemed to be part of my youth. Started off going to be a Cadet with Unicorn (ex African Coasters) but as there seemed to be a distinct lack of available females whilst at sea, my interests took me off in an another direction :ugh::ugh:

Nostalgia indeed, will send you a pm to arrange payment/postage etc..Many thanks for your kind offer

Capetonian
22nd Nov 2011, 11:07
Paully : got your message and will PM you.

Not greyed out is still left (after taking out what Paully has asked for).

Passenger Accommodation fold out leaflet for SA Oranje as in post 1
Passenger Accommodation fold out leaflet for RMS Edinburgh Castle as in post 1
Pendennis Castle Menu and Ships Log dated 05 November 1975 (coincidence - 36 years ago today!)
SA Vaal Menu dated 22 SEP 77 (last voyage)
RMS Windsor Castle Dinner Menu 04 SEP 77
Wanted on Voyage explanatory leaflet for passengers
SA Vaal postcard
Newspaper cutting 26 September 1977 'Fond Farewell to the Vaal' (Cape Argus)
A couple of baggage labels
Sheets of SA Vaal notepaper and Union-Castle/Safmarine envelopes

lexxity
22nd Nov 2011, 11:36
I once wrote to Seabrooks Crisps asking for information about how crisps were made for a school project. They dully sent me all the relevant information.

PLUS a big variety box! :ok:

Blacksheep
22nd Nov 2011, 12:47
One emigrated to England on the Winchester Castle in 1950 and landing in ration-book England was certainly a terrible shock! A dark boarding house in Gosport, filthy train to Stockton and life in a gloomy Victorian terrace with no indoor water and Granny Arnold cooking on the open fire kitchen range was quite a change from Seaforth Road in Simonstown, just a short walk from Boulder Beach. But I got over it, as children do... :)

I managed to get a deck plan for the Old Winnie from the nostalgia site a couple of years ago. There was a nice set of films illustrating a Union Castle voyage on U-Tube for a while (see broken link on the website below), but the chap who put it up has closed his account. Google still turns up a few film clips though.

Cruise Line History - Cruising The Past - Cruise History (http://cruiselinehistory.com/?p=981)

tony draper
22nd Nov 2011, 14:41
The back streets of Stockton probably saved you from becoming lotus eating beach bum and gave you character Mr B. := :rolleyes: