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Durham Castle (Union Castle)

Postby shipstamps » Tue Jun 17, 2008 5:03 pm

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Durham Castle was the first of the "D" class of West coast Intermediate ships. Built by Fairfield Shipbuilding of Glasgow, she was launched on 17th December 1903.
She remained on the intermediate service during the First World War. During November 1931 she was placed on the Union castle Round-Africa service.
She was sold for breaking up in 1939 but instead was requisitioned by the Admiralty. It was intended that she be used as a blockade ship at Scapa flow, but on the 26th January 1940 she struck a mine and sank off Cromarty.
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