• Short Summary

    Promotional film for Union Castle showing S.S. Transvaal travelling to Cape town.

  • Description

    This a promotional film for Union Castle Line showing the delights of travelling to South Africa on the S.S. Transvaal, a 33000 ton passenger ship. We see passengers arriving on board and shown to their sumptuous cabin. The usual on board delights, fine dining rooms and bars. Deck activities, sunning and lounging and games. We see the Chairman of Union Castle, Sir Nicholas Kaiser, and the Dep. Chairman of John Browns the maker, Sir James McNeil. Shots of the liner travelling. Travel shots of Las Palmas, beaches, eating and drinking, Local colour and dress, and a dance troop performing on board while in port.
    Now in the sun we see pool activities, kids dressing up. The crew working, bridge activities. Dogs in kennels on deck. The "Crossing the Line" ceremony, fun and games for all. Deck sports and gym. Elegant drinking and dining.
    Some excellent shots of Cape Town. The markets, down town, beaches and coast line. And the ship at sea in Table Bay.

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    British Pathe
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:09:01:00 / 01:23:15:00

Comments (1)

  1. Odeonman says

    The Transvaal Castle was transferred to The South African Marine Corporation in 1966 and continued in the Mail service renamed S.A. Vaal until the closure of the route in 1977. This film cannot be from 1970! Looks more like a piece made soon after Transvaal Castle entered service in 1962.

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