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THE OCEAN LINERS
RETURN TO THE HOMEPAGE THE LAVENDER LADIES - THE CASTLES TO THE CAPE
THE LAST OF THE UNION-CASTLE MAILSHIPS
Welcome to our website paying tribute to the famous RMS Windsor Castle, the last passenger ocean liner built at Cammell Laird Birkenhead and the last survivor of the famous lavender hulled Union-Castle Mailships that plied the route from Southampton to South Africa. This fine ship was the subject of a preservation campaign by the RMS Windsor Castle Trust to repatriate her and use her as a hotel ship, conference centre and tourist attraction in the UK. Sadly this campaign was unsuccessful and the ship was sold to Indian scrap merchants in December 2004 and departed Greece on the 14th April 2005 bound for India and scrapping. After much reluctance and having put up a good fight on her final voyage she was finally beached at Alang and by the 18th August 2005, which incidently was the 45th anniversary of her maiden voyage in 1960, the dismantling of this once noble British ocean liner had begun. Sadly thus ended the career of the last of the renowned lavender hulled Union-Castle Line mailships that had made their Southampton to South Africa route so famous.
Her Regular Service Route: England to South Africa
Southampton to Las Palmas, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London and Durban "Cape Mail" service.
CAPE MAIL SERVICE"
THE UNION-CASTLE MAIL STEAMSHIP COMPANY
(UNION CASTLE LINE)
The Flags of Countries associated with the career of the RMS Windsor Castle: