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Roussel, Mike and Warwick, Sam

The Union Castle Line

Sailing Like Clockwork

Published: The History Press, Stroud, 2015

Edition: First Edition

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The Union-Castle Line's heritage spans over a century. It provided the mail service to South Africa for 120 years and established an unrivalled reputation for punctual schedules. From the middle of the nineteenth century it ran 'like clockwork' until its demise in 1977, a victim of emerging competition from jet aircraft, increasing fuel costs and the containerisation of cargo.

As a company, the Union-Castle Line used the latest  technical innovations of the day, constantly striving to improve speed, reliability, customer comfort and safety. Its lavender-hulled ships were some of the most impressive vessels of the time. Yet the story of the Union-Castle Line is also one of people- the passengers and crew ensured that the line survived so long. This book tells some of their fascinating stories, including tales of shipwrecks, war service, missing gold bullion, escaped wild animals and even the occasional murder on board.

Original navy blue boards with unclipped dustcover.Title. Dedication. Contents. Acknowledgements. Foreword by Captain Reg Kelso. Introduction. Author's Note. 191 pages text with supporting colour and black and white photographs, data and information. As New.

  • Jacket Condition: As New
  • Binding Condition: As New
  • Overall Condition: As New
  • Size: 23.5 X 25.5cm
  • Sold By: Quathlamba Winds Books
  • Contact Person: Ian & Yvonne Halford
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Email: info@qwbooks.co.uk
  • Telephone: 01743 361772
  • Preferred Payment Methods: Paypal-Cheques-Direct Transfer to UK Bank.
  • Trade Associations: SABDA


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