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Walmer Castle Ship The Union Castle Mail Steamship co1

?, #15190, b. 1872, d. 1932
Last Edited: 25 May 2019
  • (Child) Birth*: Walmer Castle Ship The Union Castle Mail Steamship co was born in 1872; WALMER CASTLE / VALENCIA / GAW QUAN SIA 1872
    2,446 gross tons, length 327.8ft x beam 36.4ft, one funnel, two masts (rigged for sail), single screw, speed 10 knots, accommodation for 1st and 3rd class passengers. Completed Apr.1872 by Barclay, Curle & Co., Glasgow for the Castle Line, she initially sailed on the London - Calcutta - China service and arrived at Cape Town on Oct.4th. In 1876 she was transferred to Castle Mail Steam Packet Co., Ltd, the privately owned company still managed by Donald Currie. 1879 placed on the intermediate service as an extra steamer after a spell on the Cape Town Mail run. In 1880 she was renamed VALENCIA, owned by the Marques de Campo, Cadiz who held the mail contract between Cadiz and the Philippines, VALENCIA was placed on that service which was operated by Compania General de Tabacos de Filipinas. In 1884 the four Tabacos steamers were taken over by Cia. Trasatlantica Espanoles when that company obtained the mail contract and she remained on the Philippines route. 1888 purchased by T. Cuthbertson, West Hartlepool for the China trade and renamed GAW QUAN SIA. 16th Dec.1889 on voyage Singapore - Calcutta - Hamburg - London with general cargo she collided with the Holland America Line ship LEERDAM (2,796 tons, built 1881) while 23 miles NE x N of Noord Hinder Lightship, Belgian coast. Both ships sank with loss of two lives on GAW QUAN SIA. [Merchant Fleets, vol.18 by Duncan Haws]2
  • (Deceased) Death: Walmer Castle Ship The Union Castle Mail Steamship co died on 16 December 1889.2
  • (Child) Birth: Walmer Castle Ship The Union Castle Mail Steamship co was born in 1901; The Walmer Castle was launched in 1901 for the recently created Union Castle Mail Steamship Company. The ship sailed between Southampton and Cape Town and in 1917 was requisitioned by the British Government. It is seen here dazzle painted for use as a troop ship in the North Atlantic.3
  • (Deceased) Death*: Walmer Castle Ship The Union Castle Mail Steamship co died in 1932 Walmer Castle survived the war and was broken up in 1932.3


  1. [S9] Website Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk) Ancestry.com. UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008.
    Original data: Board of Trade: Commercial and Statistical Department and successors: Inwards Passenger Lists. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA). Series BT26, 1,472 pieces. [Jan 2011]
  2. [S49] Website Web Site online (www.) http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/descriptions/ShipsW.shtml [May 2019].
  3. [S49] Website Web Site online (www.) http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/maritime/archive/displays/dazzle-ships/