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RMS Durham Castle 1903-1940


Media TitleRMS Durham Castle 1903-1940
Media NotesBuilt by Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, Govan, Durham Castle was launched on 17 December 1903, as the sister ship of RMS Dover Castle. She served the Cape of Good Hope to Mombasa service from 1910, and continued in commercial service during the First World War, with occasional troopship duties.

Durham Castle sailed on the East African route from 1931, travelling via the Suez Canal, and was withdrawn from service in 1939 after being replaced by RMS Pretoria Castle. The Admiralty acquired her after the outbreak of the Second World War for use as a storeship. She was taken in tow, bound for Scapa Flow as a base accommodation ship, but on 26 January 1940 she struck a mine off Cromarty and sank. The mine was probably one that had been laid by U-57.
DateAdded 20141208
Linked toAubrey E Bricknell (Emigration); Cyril L Bricknell (Emigration); Edgar Cyril Bricknell (Emigration); Lily Jarrett (Emigration)

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