british Union Castle Mail Steamship Co. Ltd. RMS Windsor Castle (I) (+1943)
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nationality british
purpose transport
type ocean liner
propulsion steam
date built 1922
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status
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weight (tons) 19141  grt
dimensions 209.1 x 22.1 x 12.7 m
material steel
engine 6 turbine engines, dual shaft, 2 screws
power 14500  s.h.p.
speed 20  knots
yard no. 456
IMO/Off. no. 146535
call sign
GFMS  
GFMS
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 23/03/1943  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.1rank: 671
about people
builder
John Brown & Co. Ltd., Clydebank (Scotland)
engine by
Harland & Wolff Ltd., Belfast & Glasgow
owner
Union Castle Mail Steamship Co. Ltd., London
captain
no. of crew 289
no. of passengers 2699
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Allen Tony09/03/2008Windsor Castle SS was a British Passenger Ship of 18,967 tons and built in 1922. She was owned by the Union-Castle Mail Steamship Company London and used as a troopship.

On the 23rd March 1943 when 110 miles NW of Algiers whilst in convoy she was struck by an aerial torpedo and sunk. Only one life was lost although she was carrying about 3000 troops and crew.
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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 The company stopped trading when their last pink-tunnelled passenger liner Windsor Castle was withdrawn in 1977.

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 John Brown & Co. Ltd., Clydebank (Scotland)
One of the largest naval shipbuilders in the UK, John Brown produced both battleships and cruisers in quantity for the Royal Navy and approved foreign clients (Chile, Japan). Brown's was also noted for ocean liners of the largest size and speed, including the LUSITANIA, AQUITANIA, QUEEN MARY, and both QUEEN ELIZABETHs for the Cunard Line. The company had its own steelworks in Sheffield and shipyard in Clydebank, a city actually named for its shipyard, near Dalmuir on the Clyde. At peak workforce before WWI the works directly employed over 10,000 men. In the midst of this prewar arms race and prosperity in 1907, the company issued a commemorative volume on the completion of the LUSITANIA. Not content to tout the ship herself, the company produced an impressive brag piece for the yard -- our source for many of the photos here reproduced. Notable warships built at the yard included the Japanese battleship ASAHI, the British battleships HINDUSTAN, AFRICA, and VALIANT (QE class), and the battlecruisers TIGER, REPULSE, INDEFATIGABLE, and HOOD. In 1971 Browns was sold to Marathon Oil. The shipyard remained in service to the North Sea oil industry before being closed by a successor company; the site was demolished in 2002. It is now the site of Clydebank Community College; a few of the original buildings and the giant Titan crane remain in the midst of a bulldozed wasteland. The engineering arm of John Brown continues (after several bouts of acquisition) as John Brown Engineering Gas Turbines Ltd, E. Kilbride, UK.

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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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