The Union Castle R Class ships Rowallan, Rustenburg, Riebeeck, Richmond, Roslin, and the Malta Convoy ship Rochester Castle were primarily used for the South African fruit trade and laid up in the River Blackwater each year for about three months out of season.
ROWALLAN CASTLE was broken up Kaohsiung 2 Sep 1971
Oyster Company ledger 15 September 1962 compensation 5 days.
8 December 1962 compensation 4 weeks
Above: Union Castle refrigerated cargo ship ROWALLAN CASTLE laid up in the River Blackwater. These Union Castle ships were primarily used in the seasonal fruit trade and were regular visitors to the River Blackwater, making it difficult to date this photograph. ROWALLAN CASTLE was built 1943 and scrapped 1971 Date: c1970. Source: Mersea Museum / Ian Clarke Collection