The Kenya Castle
|Union Castle Line|
Built in 1951 by Harland & Wolff in Belfast
Tonnage of 17041grt, a length of 576ft 5in, a beam of 74ft 3in and a
Service speed of 17.5 knots.
Sister of the Rhodesia Castle she was delivered at Southampton on 18th February 1952
Kenya Castle at sea - photographs kindly sent to me - unfortunately my mail was lost and I cannot recall the name of the person concerned - if you see these photos please respond so Ican give you a credit!.
In 1958 she had her funnel re-modelled
In 1960 had her accommodation altered to cater for 442 One Class passengers.
On 22nd April 1967 she was laid up in the River Blackwater and was later sold to the Greek Chandris Line and renamed Amerikanis.
Kenya Castle as the Amerikanis
Converted into a 920 passenger One Class ship she sailed on her maiden voyage for her new owner on 8th August 1968 from Pireaus - Messina - Naples - Lisbon - Halifax - New York.
After three line voyages she cruised out of New York to the Caribbean in 1968/9.
In 1970 she was transferred to cruising only with a passenger complement of 617 and operating inexpensive 3, 4 and 7 day cruises out of US East coast ports and the Bahamas.
Since 1996 she has been laid up in Greece and, although there were plans to use her as a floating hotel in London, she has been sold recently for breaking up in India
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