british British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN HMS Denbigh Castle (K696) [+1945]
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nationality british
purpose war
type corvette
propulsion steam
date built 1944
status
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weight (tons) 1060  nrt
dimensions 76.8 x 11.3 x 4.3 m
material steel
engine 2 x 3 cyl. triple expansion engines, one shaft, 1 screw, 3 drum boilers
power 2750  h.p.
speed 16.5  knots
yard no. 179
about the loss
cause lost ran aground (wrecked)
other reasons torpedo
date lost 13/02/1945  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.11rank: 651
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builder
Lewis John & Sons Ltd., Aberdeen
owner
British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
captain Lt. Cdr G. Butcher
complement 120
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entered 07/12/2009
last update Allen Tony
last update 26/12/2013
 
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Lettens Jan07/12/2009HMS Denbigh Castle (K-696), a British corvette of 1,060 tons, built in 1944 by John Lewis & Sons Ltd, Aberdeen.

On 13 Feb 1945, Denbigh Castle was being towed when she was torpedoed by U-992. 11 hands lost. She was eventually run aground at Vaenga, but slipped into deeper waters and was declared a total constructive loss.

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British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London

In 1509 when Henry VIII was crowned he realised the growing navel power of King James IV of Scots. James had built an impressive fleet to control the Western Isles and was allied to France. Henry built up of his own fleet, the Navy Royal, as it was then known. New ships were constructed, the best known being the Mary Rose. Smaller types of warships (galleases) combining the best features of oars, sails and guns were also built. By Henry's death in 1547 his fleet had grown to 58 vessels.

In 1546 a 'Council of the Marine' was established which later became the 'Navy Board'. The Navy Board was in charge of the daily administration of the navy until 1832 when it was combined with the Board of the Admiralty.

Elizabeth I inherited a fleet of only 27 ships in 1558. Instead of building up her own fleet Elizabeth encouraged private enterprise against Spain's new empire. Men like Sir John Hawkins and Sir Francis Drake to command groups of Royal and private ships to attack the Spanish. When Spain threatened invasion with its Armada in 1588 the Navy of England both Royal and private defended the realm.

Early in the Seventeenth Century, larger galleons were built with heavier armaments. the largest English ship was Sovereign of the Seas built for prestige purposes by Charles I in 1637. The first ship with three gun decks to carry her 102 guns, she was the most powerful ship in the world for many years.

When King Charles II came to the throne in 1660 he inherited a huge fleet of 154 ships. This was a permanent professional national force and the beginning of the Royal Navy as we know it today.

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About Builders
 Lewis John & Sons Ltd., Aberdeen
The shipbuilding firm of John Lewis & Sons Ltd. specialised in cargo and fishing vessels.

John Lewis & Sons Ltd was established in 1907 by Andrew Lewis. His father John had been a wooden boatbuilder in Cove. He then built up a marine engine production and repair business in Aberdeen.

The firm did not build any ships until 1917, when the First World War created a demand for new shipping. Lewis constructed coasters and drifters but later concentrated on cargo vessels.

During the Second World War, Lewis built more than thirty vessels, including minesweeper trawlers and patrol vessels. The company continued to specialise in steam and diesel trawlers after the war. However, they also built the sail training vessel Malcolm Miller in 1968.

The trawler Fairtry was completed in 1954. This vessel was equipped for filleting and freezing its catch at sea. Fish meal and oil could also be produced. The blocks of filleted fish produced aboard Fairtry were used by Birdseye and Ross to make fish fingers.

In 1972, John Lewis & Sons Ltd. was taken over by the Wood Group. The Group had a number of fishing industry interests, including vessel ownership and fish processing. However, by this date, it was expanding into services for the oil industry.

In 1976 a new 1600 ton slipway was constructed by the Wood Group, suitable for the repair of offshore supply vessels. The yard then began to concentrate on such repair work, although it continued to build occasional vessels until the 1980s.



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