british Union Castle Mail Steamship Co. Ltd. SS Edinburgh Castle (+1945)
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nationality british
purpose transport
type ocean liner
propulsion steam
date built 1910
weight (tons) 13326  grt
dimensions 173.7 x 19.5 x -- m
engine Twin Screw, 2 x quadruple expansion
power 2234  n.h.p.
speed 14  knots
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cause lost gunfire - shelled
date lost 05/11/1945  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Harland & Wolff Ltd., Belfast & Glasgow
Union Castle Mail Steamship Co. Ltd., London
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Lettens Jan14/09/2009The East and South Africa mail liner S/S Edinburgh Castle was requisitioned during WW1, armed and used as a an armed cruiser in the South Atlantic Squadron.

Ready for the breakers in 1939, she was requisitioned again in WWII, in which she served as an accomodation ship for survivors of sunken ships at Freetown, Sierra Leone.

In November 1945, being declared not worth to tow back to England, Edinburgh Castle was sunk as an exercise target by gunfire from the armed trawler Cape Warwick, HMS Porchester Castle and HMS Launceston Castle, some 60 miles off Freetown.

Rather an infamous end for such a beautiful liner.

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About Owners
Union Castle Mail Steamship Co. Ltd., London

Union Castle Mail Steamship Co. was the result of the merger of Union Steamship Co. (1853-1900) and Castle Mail Packet Co. (1862-1900) owned by Donald Currie & Co. The Union-Castle Line owned the greatest fleet ever to serve South Africa. The company stopped trading when their last pink-tunnelled passenger liner Windsor Castle was withdrawn in 1977.

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 Harland & Wolff Ltd., Belfast & Glasgow
Harland and Wolff was formed in 1861 by Edward James Harland and Hamburg-born Gustav Wilhelm Wolff. Based in Belfast at Queen’s Island, Harland and Wolff are a huge and very important shipbuilding company. The shipbuilding complex is only one of two yards left in the U.K. capable of building large merchant ships. The yard was most well known for building high-class transatlantic passenger liners and was considered to be the best in the world. The company has built over 1700 ships at four yards and has been in operation for over 135 years.

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