british Union Castle Mail Steamship Co. Ltd. SS Drummond Castle [+1896]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type passenger ship
propulsion steam
date built 1881
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 3706  grt
dimensions 111.3 x 13.4 x 9.4 m
engine steam, triple expansion, single shaft, 1 screw
power 600  n.h.p.
speed 13  knots
yard no. 246
IMO/Off. no. 82861
about the loss
cause lost ran aground (wrecked)
date lost 16/06/1896  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.241rank: 390
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builder
John Elder & Co., Glasgow
owner
Union Castle Mail Steamship Co. Ltd., London
captain Capt. W. W. Pierce
no. of crew 103
no. of passengers 141
about the wreck
depth (m.) 55 max. / 35 min. (m)
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entered by Lettens Jan
entered 27/08/2008
last update Allen Tony
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Filip Craey18/11/2010

Staat nog mooi recht, bovenbouw is volledig weg.
Mooi wrak om te duiken. Max -65m


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Claes Johnny18/09/2009The Drummond Castle left Cape Town for London on May 28th, 1896, with 143 passengers and 103 crew under command of Capt. W. W. Pierce. On the night of June 16th she was off Ushant (Ouessant) and within one day´s steaming of home. The sea was calm but visibility was poor. The strong currents converging on the island of Molene, off Ushant (Ouessant), make the locality one of the most dangerous in the world for navigators, and the extent to which the Drummond Castle was pulled eastwards by the tide was apparently not realised....

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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 The company stopped trading when their last pink-tunnelled passenger liner Windsor Castle was withdrawn in 1977.

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Claes Johnny18/09/2009The Drummond Castle left Cape Town for London on May 28th, 1896, with 143 passengers and 103 crew under command of Capt. W. W. Pierce. On the night of June 16th she was off Ushant (Ouessant) and within one day´s steaming of home. The sea was calm but visibility was poor. The strong currents converging on the island of Molene, off Ushant (Ouessant), make the locality one of the most dangerous in the world for navigators, and the extent to which the Drummond Castle was pulled eastwards by the tide was apparently not realised.

Between 10 and 11 o´clock that evening the liner was sighted by the steamship Werfa, the first officer of which noted that she was off her course and heading for a dangerous coast. The vessels were about a quarter of a mile apart at the time and soon afterwards the Drum mond Castle was lost to view. Shortly before 11 p.m., still steaming at 12 knots, she struck a reef of rocks known as the Pierres Vertes, at the south entrance to the Fronveur Sound. The captain believed the vessel to be driven firmly on the rocks, and although the boats were made ready they were not lowered. The Chief Engineer released steam from the boilers to prevent an explosion, but all efforts to keep the ship afloat were useless and she foundered within four minutes of striking.

The drowned numbered 243, of whom Capt. Pierce, his officers and crew accounted for 101, and the passengers for 142. The three saved were Mr. Charles Marquandt, a first class passenger, Quartermaster Wood and Seaman Godbolt, all rescued by Breton fishermen.
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