When I was a child living in Northern Rhodesia we used to travel back to the UK on leave on the Union Castle ships. I can remember sailing on both the Braemar Castle and Rhodesia Castle. From my fading memory, you are right about the crew. These were one class ships with freight as well as passengers and the crew were wonderful. They acted more as friends than as staff. Such a sad day when the ships were all scrapped although the Union Castle Line did charter one recently for a cruise. It wouldn't have been the same though and I don't think they painted the ship in lilac like the originals.