SS Edinburgh Castle Archival Collection

Edinburgh Castle (1873) Castle Line (British)

Built by Robert Napier & Sons, Glasgow, Scotland. Tonnage: 2,678. Dimensions: 335' x 37'. Single-screw. Compound engines. Two masts and one funnel. Iron hull. Service In mail service between England and Cape Town. Sale: Sold to Spanish owners in 1880. Renamed: Espana. Fate: Scrapped in 1898. Sister ship: Windsor Castle.

Edinburgh Castle (1910) Union-Castle Line

Built by Harland & Wolff, Ltd., Belfast, Ireland. Tonnage: 13,326. Dimensions: 570' x 64'. Twin-screw, 17 knots. Quadruple expansion engines. 12,500 I.H.P. Two masts and two funnels. Service: Southampton-Cape Town. Passengers: 320 first, 220 second, 250 third. Fine type of liner for her era. Withdrawn from service in 1938. Sale: Sold to British Government in 1940. World War II Service: Served as a base ship at Freetown, Sierra Leone. Fate: Sunk by British warships off Freetown in September 1945. Sister ship: Balmoral Castle. Note: Largest Union-Castle liners built to date.

Edinburgh Castle (1948) Union-Castle Line

Built by Harland & Wolff, Ltd., Belfast, Ireland. Tonnage: 28,705. Dimensions: 717' x 84' (747' o.l.). Twin-screw, 22 knots. Six steam turbines. Two masts and one funnel. Launched by Princess Margaret, on October 16, 1947. The first major public engagement for the very individualistic British Princess. The name of this beautiful liner is linked to Edinburgh, capital of Scotland. Accommodation for 214 first class and 541 tourist class passengers. Service: England-South Africa. Speed Record: In January 1954 the Edinburgh Castle made the Southampton-Cape Town voyage in the record time of 11 days, 21 hours, 5 minutes. Sister ship: Pretoria Castle.

Front Cover of a First and Cabin Class Passenger List from the RMS Edinburgh Castle of the Union-Castle Line, Departing 31 March 1950 from Capetown to Southampton via Madeira

1950-03-31 RMS Edinburgh Castle Passenger List

  • Steamship Line: Union-Castle Line
  • Class of Passengers: First and Cabin Class
  • Date of Departure: 31 March 1950
  • Route: Capetown to Southampton via Madeira
  • Commander: Captain T. W. McAllen

 

1955-06-17 RMS Edinburgh Castle

1955-06-17 RMS Edinburgh Castle Passenger List

  • Steamship Line: Union-Castle Line
  • Class of Passengers: First and Cabin Class
  • Date of Departure: 17 June 1955
  • Route: Cape Town to London via Madeira
  • Commander: Captain H. A. Deller

 

Front Cover, Sports and Entertainments Program for Voyage 43 of the RMS Edinburgh Castle, Beginning Sunday, 19 June 1955.

1955-06-17 Sports and Entertainments Program - RMS Edinburgh Castle

Colorful, elaborate events program for voyage 43 of the RMS Edinburgh Castle of the Union-Castle Line. Events listed include Whist (card game), movies, dancing, "Edinburgh Derby," concerts, Father Neptune ceremony, fancy dress ball, and a variety of deck sports tournaments.

 

Front Cover, Horse Racing Program on Board the RMS Edinburgh Castle for Friday, 24 June 1955.

1955-06-24 Horse Racing Program - RMS Edinburgh Castle

Tongue-in-Cheek Horse Racing Program published onboard the RMS Edinburgh Castle of the Union-Castle Line, held on Friday, 24 June 1955. Each of the six races was given a "theme," and the five [wooden] horses would be listed by owner, name of the horse, jockey, and quip.

 

 

Front Cover, The Fabulous Interiors of the Great Ocean Liners, 1984.

 

The Fabulous Interiors of the Great Ocean Liners - 1984

Some 200 superb photographs—in long shots and close-ups—capture exquisite interiors of world's great "floating palaces"—1890s to 1980s: Titanic, Île de France, Queen Elizabeth, United States, Europa, more. Informative captions provide key details.

 

Front Cover, Distinguished Liners from The Shipbuilder - 1906-1914, Volume 1.

 

Distinguished Liners from The Shipbuilder - 1906-1914 Volume 1

An authentic replication to the smallest detail of the best of The Shipbuilder magazine, 1906-1914, including articles on the Titanic, Olympic, Lusitania, Mauretania, and more. This encyclopedic collection contains original text, photographs, and advertisements, as well as 22 fold-out blueprint plans, five color plates, a two-color Titanic cutaway folding advertisement and even two facsimile subscription forms.