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Name Official number Flag IMO
GLOUCESTER CASTLE  132592  GBR   
Year built Date launched Date completed
1911  13/05/1911  08/1911 
Vessel type Vessel description
Passenger Liner  Steel Screw Steamer  
Builder Yard Yard no
Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd., Govan Fairfield  478 
 

Tonnage Length Breadth Depth Draft
7999 grt / 4993 nrt / 452.7 ft  56.2 ft  30.7 ft   
Engine builder Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd., Govan
Engine detail
Twin Q4cyl (19¾, 28, 41, 60 x 48in), 722nhp 3750ihp, 12knots, 2-screw 

First owner First port of register Registration date
The Union-Castle Mail Steam Ship Co. Ltd, London  London   
Other names
 
Subsequent owner and registration history
 
Vessel history
"G"-class liner for Union Castle's initermediate service UK-Cape Town and Mombasa.
412 passengers (87x1st, 130x2nd, 195x3rd)
1914 requisitioned as 410-bed hospital ship
31/3/1917 torpedoed off Isle of Wight by submarine UB 32 (Le Havre for Southampton with patients) - stern holed but did not sink. Repaired at Portsmouth
1920 returned to Union Castle service
1923 converted to two-class: 1st and 3rd.
 
Remarks
 
End year Fate / Status
1942  Gunfire 15/07/1942 
Disposal Detail
Whilst on a voyage from Birkenhead to Cape Town she was sunk by Commerce Raider HSK9 MICHEL off south west Africa, about 10S - 05W, 1300 miles SE of Freetown with the loss of 93 lives including her Master. Two lifeboats containing 61 people were picked up by the raider and taken to Japan as prisoners, two of whom subsequently died. 
 

 



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