british Union Castle Mail Steamship Co. Ltd. HMHS Dover Castle [+1917]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type ocean liner
propulsion steam
date built 1904
weight (tons) 8271  grt
dimensions 145.18 x 17.25 x 9.68 m
engine 2 x quadruple expansion engines, dual shaft, 2 screws
power 969  n.h.p.
speed 14.5  knots
yard no. 443
IMO/Off. no. 118409
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cause lost torpedo
date lost 26/05/1917  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.7rank: 657
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Barclay, Curle & Co. Ltd., Whiteinch (Glasgow)
Union Castle Mail Steamship Co. Ltd., London
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depth (m.) 2800 max. / -- min. (m)
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Allen Tony16/04/2008Dover Castle HMHS was a Passenger/Cargo Vessel of 8,271 tons built in 1904 by Barclay Curle & Company Glasgow, Yard No 443 for the Union-Castle Mail Steamship Co Ltd, London as the DOVER CASTLE. She was powered by steam, quadruple expansion engines, 969 nhp, giving 14.5 knots. In WW1 she was used as a Hospital Ship.

On the 26th May 1917 she was sunk by German submarine UC-67 when 50 miles north of Bone on passage from Malta for Gibraltar. The first torpedo struck her, killing seven stokers. HMS CAMELON took off the wounded and crew. DOVER CASTLE´s captain and a volunteer crew remained on board hoping they could save the ship but an hour later the submarine struck again and she sank in three minutes. Save for the stokers killed, everyone else was saved.
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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 The company stopped trading when their last pink-tunnelled passenger liner Windsor Castle was withdrawn in 1977.

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 Barclay, Curle & Co. Ltd., Whiteinch (Glasgow)
John Barclay became a shipbuilder and repairer in 1818 and passed on the business to his son Robert. Robert was joined in partnership in 1845 by Robert Curle and James Hamilton, when the firm became Barclay, Curle & Co.
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