Pendennis Castle

The Pendennis Castle, built by Harland and Wolff, Belfast, was launched on 24 December 1957 following a delay caused by a dockyard strike. Consequently she was the last Union-Castle ship built by Harland and Wolff. She sailed on her maiden voyage to South Africa in January 1959, replacing the aged Arundel Castle. 763ft 2in long with a beam of 83ft 9in, her steam turbines gave her a service speed of 22.5 knots. With a GRT of 28 442 tons, she could carry 197 first class and 473 tourist class passengers. She very quickly gained a reputation as a "fun ship" as well as a fast one, breaking the Union-Castle record for the fastest passage between Cape Town and Southampton in 1969. Like all of her sisters she was in a rapidly shrinking market and in August 1976 was sold to the Panamanian based Ocean Navigation Company for conversion into the cruise ship Ocean Queen. This never happened and under the name Sinbad and Sinbad 1 she languished unused for years before sailing to the breakers in 1980.