Allied Warships

HMS Portchester Castle (K 362)

Corvette of the Castle class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassCastle 
PennantK 362 
Built bySwan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.) 
Ordered6 Feb 1943 
Laid down17 Mar 1943 
Launched21 Jun 1943 
Commissioned8 Nov 1943 
End service 
History

Scrapped at Troon on 14 May 1958.

 

Commands listed for HMS Portchester Castle (K 362)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. Alexander Gordon Scott, RNR4 Aug 194320 May 1945
2T/A/Lt.Cdr. William Leslie Turner, DSC, RNR20 May 1945late 1945

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Notable events involving Portchester Castle include:


Portrayed the fictional frigate HMS Saltash Castle in the movie The Cruel Sea starring Jack Hawkins and Stanley Baker. (1)

21 Nov 1943
HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. J.G. Hopkins, RN) conducted A/S exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Portchester Castle (Lt. A.G. Scott, RNR). (2)

29 Nov 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Burdock (T/Lt. F.R.M. Greasley, RNR) and HMS Portchester Castle (Lt. A.G. Scott, RNR). (3)

30 Nov 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Pimpernel (Lt. H.D. Hayes, RNR), HMS Burdock (T/Lt. F.R.M. Greasley, RNR), HMS Helmsdale (T/A/Lt.Cdr. L.J. Simpson, RNR) and HMS Portchester Castle (Lt. A.G. Scott, RNR). (3)

29 Dec 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Vidette (Lt.Cdr. R. Hart, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Pink (Lt. W.K. Tadman, RNR), HMS Loosestrife (Lt. H.A. Stonehouse, DSC, RNR) and HMS Portchester Castle (Lt. A.G. Scott, RNR). (4)

27 Apr 1944
HMS Oberon (Lt. M.L.C. Crawford, DSC, RN) departed Rothesay for Scapa Flow. She made the passage north together with FFS Rubis. They were escorted by HMS Portchester Castle (Lt. A.G. Scott, RNR).

29 Apr 1944
Off Dundee, HMS Unrivalled (Lt. D.S. Brown, RNVR), made rendez-vous with FFS Junon (Lt. E. Schlumberger). HMS Portchester Castle (Lt. A.G. Scott, RNR) then took over the escort. (5)

3 May 1944
HMS H 28 (Lt. A.S. Melville-Ross, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Foley (A/Lt.Cdr. C.A.H. Bird, RNVR), HMS Portchester Castle (Lt. A.G. Scott, RNR) and aircraft. (6)

9 Sep 1944
German U-boat U-484 was sunk in the North Atlantic north-west of Ireland, in position 55°45'N, 11°41'W, by depth charges from the British corvette HMS Portchester Castle (Lt. A.G. Scott, RNR) and the British frigate HMS Helmsdale (Cdr. P.W. Burnett, DSC and Bar, RN).

11 Nov 1944
The depth charge attacks carried out by the British corvettes HMS Pevensey Castle (Cdr. D.A. Rayner, DSC, VD, RNVR), HMS Launceston Castle (Lt. R.M. Roberts, RNR), HMS Portchester Castle (Lt. A.G. Scott, RNR) and HMS Kenilworth Castle (Lt. J.J. Allon, RNR) south of Ireland, in position 50°24'N, 09°10'W, formerly credited with the destruction of the German U-boat U-1200, were actually made against a non-sub target.

Sources

  1. Personal communication
  2. ADM 173/18287
  3. ADM 173/17764
  4. ADM 173/17777
  5. ADM 173/19222
  6. ADM 173/18473

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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