Ships hit by U-boats

HMS Durham Castle

British Accommodation ship

Photo courtesy of Cornish Collection

NameHMS Durham Castle
Type:Accommodation ship
Tonnage8,240 tons
Completed1904 - Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Govan, Glasgow 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack26 Jan 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-57 (Claus Korth)
Position57° 41'N, 3° 54'W - Grid AN 1759
Complement? men (0 dead and ? survivors).
RouteRosyth - Scapa Flow 
History Completed in February 1904 as steam passenger ship Durham Castle for Union-Castle Mail SS Co Ltd, London. In September 1939 requisitioned by the Admiralty as stores and accommodation ship HMS Durham Castle
Notes on event

On 26 January 1940 HMS Durham Castle struck a mine laid on 21 January by U-57 and sank 3 miles east of Cromarty Firth, during a gale and in severe icy conditions. The ship was in tow by the tug HMS Watermeyer for use as a blockship at Scapa Flow.


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