Arundel Castle (1921)
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Nov. 6, 2018

I have a passenger list for November 1928 that lists my great uncle Stanley Farmer on board as a distressed British seaman. Is there any knowledge of from where he may have been picked up and why. I note he is listed as a marine engineer but spent most of his life as a house painter. Perhaps something happened at sea to put him off continuing as an engineer?

Many thanks,
Lynda Farmer

Nov. 5, 2018

My grandparents were on this ship. I found these menus with some of their photos, let me know what you think.

Audrey Smith

Apr. 3, 2018

How would I find the passenger list for the Arundel Castle, Durban to Southampton 1924?

Laura-Jane Colepeper

Mar. 14, 2018

I have just come across your site. I have a prayer book with a handwritten dedication...  "On board S.S. Arundel Castle, Dec. 1948 from Francis Blake CR. Chaplain". I just wonderd of it would be of any intrest to anyone. I think I bought it at a thrift store in Parkstone in the 80's.

Sally Pater

Aug. 22, 2017

I have a seamans chest with the name M.P.Thiscoe.based inStenness, Orkney who was a seaman on the Arundel Castle. That is all the info I have, but wondered if anyone out there would have more. Dimensions are 31"x 17"x 13".

Hugh Goodison
Perth, Scotland

Jan. 2, 2019

I have just come across this site and found it quite interesting. I actually came back on this ship from South Africa in 1958 with my Father, Mother and Brother, we docked at Southampton Docks. I still have the booklet with our names in of passengers on board. I was around 5 years of age.

Chris Sharman

Apr. 14, 2015

I have just come across this photo of my father who was a steward on the Arundel Castle. He is front and centre holding the cup. I am guessing that it is from the mid 30's but perhaps some-one could help me out on this point. Does "Voyage 58" give the answer?

Roger Allen


Mar. 6, 2012

Thank you for your most interesting site. In regards to the Arundel Castle image - I believe the first of the series of photographs was taken in Durban Harbour with the Bluff in the background, and not Cape Town.

With Regards,
Graham Leslie McCallum

Oct. 14, 2011

Can you advise me how best to acquire information about passenger/guest lists for the SS Arundel Castle. My family sailed from Colombo in late September 1946 to Tilbury docks, London, arriving around 16th October 1946. The ship was bringing troops back from the far east, via Suez, and there were civilians on board as well

With thanks,
Anula Beckett

May 14, 2011

On the message board there is a picture of the crew, I was wondering if this was on 18th october 1948 as my grandfather was on there as a navy merchant. He was 18 years old.

Thank you,

Mar. 15, 2011

I was in my house looking through some old photos of when my father was in Japan and came across an original postcard of the Arundel Castle. My father wrote on the back the date which was 12/11/46 and said he was on this ship on that date sailing by North Africa and that he left Gibraltar the day before, but I am not sure where he got on the ship. The postcard was sent to his mother. Thought you might like to know this info as I found your web page about the Arundel on a search engine, I found your site very interesting and it was good to find something about this ship.

Dave Edmonds

Aug. 21, 2010

You have a picture on your website of the RMS Arundel Castle with the caption of ‘Arundel castle date and location unknown' (page 2). If it helps, the location is Liverpool and the year 1944. I know this, as my father was a crew member on board at the time. She was returning from a trip to Gothenburg, exchanging injured German POW's for British POW's, a deal which had been brokered by the Swedish and agreed by the British and Germans.

The Union Flag and the word protected painted above it would be floodlit during the voyage as protection against attack by u-boats. The flag shown forward is that of the French. Upon her return to port, a great many dignitaries attended and she was received with pomp and ceremony. Pathe News has a great news clip of her as she nears the berth, with crowds waving and military bands playing. Hope that helps.

Eddie Watson

Feb. 24, 2010

I am keen to learn more of Greaser Slement. He died of a Cerebral Embolism on 24 January 1944 and is buried Port Tewfik. He was born in East London, South Africa and I am keen to learn how strong his attachments are to this city to establish if he should feature in a record of the naval servicemen of East London who lost their livers in WW2. His home address was given as 58 Salisbury road, Southampton. Will be grateful for your assistance.

Alan Harris
Kwelera, South Africa

Reply 1
July 27, 2010

William Slement of the SS Arundel Castle is my great grandfather so let me know if I can help.

Lucy Anne Hayward

Nov. 7, 2009

Sending you this pic of my Great uncle and (lots !) of staff aboard the Arundel Castle. I don't know what year this was. His name is Ernest Bullmore. He is the gentleman on side view of circled. I don't have any info on his employment or where he sailed to. I know he sailed from Southampton, where he was born. He did live out his life as a single gentleman, who lived with my gran father for a while in the 1950's in Parkstone, Dorset. He is buried in Parkstone Cemetery, Dorset. I was wondering if you had any info on him.

Best Regards,
Deborah Crawford

The crew of Arundel Castle.

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