HMS Durham Castle
British Accommodation ship
|Name||HMS Durham Castle|
|Completed||1904 - Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Govan, Glasgow|
|Date of attack||26 Jan 1940||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-57 (Claus Korth)|
|Position||57° 41'N, 3° 54'W - Grid AN 1759|
|Complement||? men (0 dead and ? survivors).|
|Route||Rosyth - 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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