The article in the February 2019 edition of Sea Breezes, reminded me of two anecdotes about the Calpean Star and the Royal Mail Highland liners.
In 1960, I was Third Mate of the Florence Holt. A new Junior Engineer had joined at Tilbury and the Engineer Superintendent was on board. During lunch, the Super pointed to the new Engineer and told us that “Mr X”, when completing his application form, had filled in the space after the question; “Reason for leaving last Employment” with “Ship sank Montevideo 1 June 1960”. As the Super said, It was probably the best reason for leaving!
Years later, I sailed with someone who had been an engineer on one of the Highland Liners. At that time, the southbound vessel met her northbound sister at Santos. He had gone ashore and enjoyed the local hospitality. Returning to the ship, which was sailing during the early hours, he decided that, as it was a sultry night, he would sleep in a chair on deck rather than in his stuffy cabin, picking the Port side so that the rising sun would wake him in time to go on duty.
After a good sleep, he awoke to find the ship at sea but with the sun on the Starboard side! He was on the wrong ship. It cost him a fortune to fly from Rio to BA!