Sitmar Line - TSS Castel Felice

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The Sitmar Ships

Part Two

TSS Castel Felice


TSS Castle Felice seen in Southampton in November 1957

From the author’s private collection


Robert Williams & Family sails to Australia

TSS Castel Felice Voyage 45 - November 1957

“We as a family immigrated to Australia in November 1957 and sailed from Southampton on the 10 assisted passage on the TN Castel Felice. If I remember right we disembarked at Sydney, but can clearly remember living in Brisbane Queensland, and going to school there. I have still have many photographs of that time and we lived in the suburb of Graceville.

Sailing together on the Castle Felice was; My Father: Albert Leslie Williams, born 13 May 1913, he passed away on 25 December 1971. My Mother: Muriel Irene Williams born 29 September 1917, she passed away on 15 August 1997. MY sister: Gail Williams born 19 September 1949. Myself: Robert Kenneth Williams was born on 22 November 1953, and my Brother: Clive Barry Williams was born 30 August 1955.

Whilst in Brisbane I also remember my Father and all the family visiting another Sitmar liner being the TSS Fairsky, which had docked at the Hamilton wharves. As far as I can remember, we did sail on her somewhere at some time.

Although having lived in Brisbane for four years, my parents for some reason decided to return to the UK in 1961 and we sailed on the 16,335-ton Chandris liner TSS Bretagne, which happened to be her maiden voyage for the company having just been fully refitted having been purchased from the France.

But, having found these pages on Sitmar lines and the TN Castel Felice has brought back memories, although I was but a young child. I present the photographs below and the menu as part of our collection in memory of a fine ship!

Photographs on this page were provided by Mr. Robert Kenneth Williams of the UK, unless marked otherwise.


Fancy Dress Party – November 14

 No 1. Is my Father Albert, 2. Is my Mother Muriel, 3. Is my sister Gail

4. Is myself, Robert. And finally; 5. Is my youngest brother - Clive


My Father and Mother: Albert & Muriel Williams (left) and friends Ron and Mary - taken November 22


Menu cover


Luncheon Menu Thursday November 21, 1957


TSS Castel Felice seen after her 1957 refit

From the author’s private collection



The Castel Felice INDEX:

Castel Felice-1 - History Page.

Castel Felice-2 - Cabin Plan & the Robert Brinkhuis story 1965.

Castel Felice-3 - My 1957 voyage to Canada by W. D. Hempel.

Castel Felice-4 - The Williams family sail to Australia in 1957- This Page.

Castel Felice-4 - A family’s voyage to Australia - on another site!

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