News from 1939 Retirement of Capt McRostie

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Mark Baber

Jul 4, 2000
MAB Note: As far as I can tell, this is one of only two references to Capt. McRostie that ever appeared in The New York Times, the other being a two-sentence report of his transfer from Alaunia to Samaria in December 1939.

The New York Times, 17 May 1939

Veteran Captain of Samaria Will Retire at 60 on His Return to Liverpool
He Looks Forward to Life of Golf-Playing on Links Near Birthplace in
Captain John McRostie, master of the Cunard White Star liner Samaria,
brought his ship into New York yesterday afternoon and saw her made fast
at Pier 56, Hudson River, at West Fourteenth Street, for the last time.
When he docks his ship in Liverpool on May 29 he will retire from the
sea after forty-five years of service.

The sea veteran, who reached the age limit, 60 years, last month, is
still hale and hearty and looks forward to spending his leisure hours
golfing on the links near his birthplace, Stranraer, Scotland.

Captain McRostie started his sea career at the age of 15, when he was
apprenticed for four years to the Shire Line of sailing ships, making
world trips from Glasgow around the Cape of Good Hope to Australia and
home around Cape Horn.

He rose to be chief mate in sail, in which he served nine years before
joining the White Star Line in 1903 in the Australian service.

Captain McRostie is proud of the fact that during his twenty-nine years
in command he has never had an accident.

When the World War started he was staff captain of the Majestic, and
then went in command of the White Star liner Ionic, on which he had two
narrow escapes from having his ship torpedoed while carrying troops in
the Mediterranean.

At the time of the merger between the White Star and the Cunard Lines,
five years ago, he was master of the Doric and was then transferred to
the Cunard liner Alaunia. He has had the Samaria for five years.

He is one of the last of the former White Star masters left in the
employ of the joint lines. With his taut, jovial bearing and ruddy,
weather-beaten features, Captain McRostie looks every inch a sailor such
as was described in old windjammer days: "Every hair of his head a
ropeyarn, every finger a marlinspike, and every drop of blood in his
body Stockhollum tar."

The captain said yesterday that he was not worrying about the future. He
has good health and his income from his White Star insurance will
support him comfortably.

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