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Keith Tindell
9th February 2011, 12:03 PM
Hi shipmates
I did three trips on the Stirling Castle, fromOct 1958 - March 1959. Does anyone remember we lost a crew member overboard on the S African coast?, i believe between Capetown and East London. Cheers Keith (aka Gypcoll)

Doc Vernon
9th February 2011, 06:26 PM
Hi Keith Tyndell
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Thank you
Vernon (castleman)

I knew it had to happen! Great!

I too was on the Sterling at the same time as you Keith,and yes i recall that incident,it was as you say between Cape Town and East London,if memory is correct the Guy jumped off the rear of the Ship ,and we circled for quite a few hours trying to locate this poor chap,but without success!
I cant recall the Capt's name (possibly Hockly or similar to that) but he really tried all he could to find this person,before eventually going onwards to East London! (or was it the other way on the homeward trip?) Memory!!
What capacity were you? (OK i found you as Deck Boy) I was in First Class Lounge for one trip,then Tourist Class for 2 Trips!
My Time on her was from Aug 1958 to Jan 1959,so we were on at almost the same times except for the one Voyage before and one after!
Yours being from Oct 1958 - March 1959.
You must remember these Girls haha!
What a bunch they were!

You were listed as a Young Person (under age 18)on a Document i have KW Tindell from(Wickham) Hants! An address in Brom;ey is listed this could have been your Parents ?1st Ship 17th Dec 1958 ?? However the NA has you as Tindell !!
Yours being from Oct 1958 - March 1959. Did you perhaps sign on Earlier and not Ship out untill Dec of 1958??
Just wondering!!


Keith Tindell
11th February 2011, 08:08 PM
Hi Vernon,
Thanks for your reply, re Stirling Castle, that was me on the register, this site has mis spelt my name, the correct spelling is Tindell, although i get called many different things!!!!!. I remember the guy overboard well. not in person, but job at emergency station was on the painter of the motor boat, ready to let them go. I also recall bringing back gold bullion, loaded directly from the train dockside. good memories, regards Keith

James Tindill
5th May 2011, 12:38 PM
[QUOTE=Keith Tyndell;53384]Hi shipmates

Tindill, Tindall, Tindell, Tyndell, Tindale, if people could only read. My name is James Tindill and I spent a few years with Union Castle and sailed on the Stirling Castle 13TH Jan 1960 - 26th Feb 1960 and again on 19th OCT 1960 -17TH Nov 1960, cut short when I paid off sick in Cape Town followed by a couple of weeks in the Monastery hospital in Seapoint. Other U/C ships were the old Good Hope Castle, Athlone, CapeTown Castle. Sailed DBS on Pendennis Castle. Started my seagoing career on 25/7/55 at the Vindi and retired from seagoing employment in July of 1991. Been like a fish out of water ever since!:)

Colin Hawken
9th January 2012, 04:07 PM
#4 By old Good Hope Castle did you mean the ex Empire boat? My Father was Bosun on her.

Captain Kong
9th January 2012, 05:49 PM
Empire Life, I took the Good Hope Castle to the breakers in Hong Kong June 1960. after doing three trips on her. good job on deck, The Bosun Broke his leg that last trip trapped it in the sheaves of the Jumbo when we were rigging it in Mauritious. The Captain said it was only sprained and we had to walk him around the poop every day to exercise it. then it went worse and we paid him off in Singapore.
I have a photo somewhere of him if it is your Dad that trip.

Colin Hawken
10th January 2012, 02:14 PM
That wasn't my Dad.Ill health forced him ashore before that.

Ken R651123.
5th February 2012, 06:15 PM
I too joined the Stirling on 19-Oct-60. My main memory is keeping an eye on the watertight doors working waist deep in water with a heavy swell saving the booze and stores down below after she hit rocks off Dakar. Capt Cambridge had been showing passengers the most westerly tip of Africa. I have been told if the gash had been a few more feet she would have sunk.

James Tindill
6th February 2012, 02:29 PM
I too joined the Stirling on 19-Oct-60. gash had been a .

Hi Ken. I responded to your e-mail re the Stirling at some length earlier this morning but the e-mail address you supplied rejected it!!!!!! Are you sure you know where you are??? :) :)
Jim (James)

Neville Roberts
6th February 2012, 03:06 PM
Hey Vern , you started in first class then too tourist ,what did you do to deserve that, must have gt logged too, you old dog you

Doc Vernon
6th February 2012, 06:40 PM
Hi Neville
Just got tired of all the Posh stuff and passengers,so next trip went back to the good old Tourist Class where i could have more fun haha! If you could call it fun!
Drat!! should have stayed in First!
But found i got more in Tips in Tourist Class! Plus met more Babes! LOL!:)

happy daze john in oz
7th February 2012, 05:14 AM
Hi Neville
Just got tired of all the Posh stuff ! Plus met more Babes! LOL!:)

Agree about the shelias in tourist, but tips? The only tip we got was from the head waiter, do a good job and you can comne back next voyage.

Doc Vernon
7th February 2012, 05:25 AM
Like i have said before John
Things must have changed a lot from 1958 to when you were on the UCL!
I virtually lived on my Tips no Bull!
May be the old Yarps liked me haha!

Evan Lewis
27th February 2012, 01:18 AM
Hi! James.
Either the Winchester or ,Capetown .Palled up day before sailing ,with a Tyndell ,Tindell? qm. Unforgettable ,evening
We went down to Pompey,few jars,then to the Wed.Dance,at some big hall.
Escorted a sheila back ,by taxi,to one of those avenues ,like 6-7 th . something like that. Both thinking we're on a GOOD THING,entered the house,took us into the kitchen ,sitting there was her .Husband
The atmosphere was rather strained.
Long story Short.
Turns out She'd transgressed by going out.and was scared to return alone.
We finished up. forking out for a Joe Baksi,back to S'oton.
So just wondering if twas you . Strange things happen at sea!