british Union Castle Mail Steamship Co. Ltd. SS Newark Castle [+1908]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type passenger/cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1902
is nickname no
weight (tons) 6224  grt
dimensions 126.19 x 15.54 x 8.53 m
engine 2 x triple expansion engines, dual shaft, 2 screws
power 650  n.h.p.
speed 12.5  knots
yard no. 430
IMO/Off. no. 115806
about the loss
cause lost ran aground (wrecked)
date lost 12/03/1908  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.3rank: 666
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Barclay, Curle & Co. Ltd., Whiteinch (Glasgow)
Union Castle Mail Steamship Co. Ltd., London
no. of crew 69
no. of passengers 46
about the wreck
depth (m.) 3 max. / -- min. (m)
war grave
 Hocking C., Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam
entered by Allen Tony
entered 22/03/2008
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[1] Allen Tony12/03/2009
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Allen Tony22/03/2008Newark Castle SS was a British Passeger/Cargo Steamer of 6,224 tons built in 1902 by Barclay Curle & Company, Glasgow for the Union-Castle Mail Steamship Company. The liner Newark Castle SS left Durban for Delagoa Bay and Mauritius just before noon on March 12th, 1908. She had on board 115 persons, of whom 69 were crew and 46 passengers. Most of the latter were soldiers drafted to the Mauritius garrison.

Some six hours after leaving port the Newark Castle SS ran ashore four miles from the coast, in Richard´s Bay near the Umhlatuzi River. The sea was calm and the passengers were sent off in the boats. The captain and some of the officers and crew remained on board and were eventually taken off by a Government tug. It was the intention of the lifeboats to make for Durban but the weather changed and the sea became very rough. Rockets were sent up by the liner and the trawler Elelyn, of Durban, proceeded to the scene. Next morning she picked up the boats with the exception of one which had capsized in an attempt to reach shore. Three persons were drowned. The Newark Castle SS drifted away and grounded again on a sandbank some seven miles distant, eventually becoming a total wreck.
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[1] Hocking C., Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam
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About Owners
Union Castle Mail Steamship Co. Ltd., London

Union Castle Mail Steamship Co. was the result of the merger of Union Steamship Co. (1853-1900) and Castle Mail Packet Co. (1862-1900) owned by Donald Currie & Co. The Union-Castle Line owned the greatest fleet ever to serve South Africa. The company stopped trading when their last pink-tunnelled passenger liner Windsor Castle was withdrawn in 1977.

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 Barclay, Curle & Co. Ltd., Whiteinch (Glasgow)
John Barclay became a shipbuilder and repairer in 1818 and passed on the business to his son Robert. Robert was joined in partnership in 1845 by Robert Curle and James Hamilton, when the firm became Barclay, Curle & Co.
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