HMS Portchester Castle

Vessel name on Arrival: HMS Portchester Castle

Original Builder: Swan, Hunter, & Wigham Richardson, Wallsnd on Tyne

Original Yard No: 1778

Official Number:

Vessel Type: corvette

GRT: 1010

Year Built: 1942

Arrival Date: 22/05/1958

Breakup Started: 01/06/1958

Date First Beached: 26/12/1958

Date Breakup Completed: 06/03/1959

Draught For’d: 10' 0"

Draught Aft: 13' 6"

Name Changes:

Other Information:

 

06-02-1943  :   Ordered

17-03-1943  :  Laid Down

21-06-1943  :  Launched

08-11-1943  :  Completed

 

Tonnages  :  1,010 tons  /  1,510 tons

 

Dimensions  :  252 feet  x  37 feet  x  10 feet

 

Propulsion  :   Single-Screw, 4-Cylinder, Triple-Expansion Steam Reciprocating Engine

 

Engine Rating  :   2,750 HP

 

Vessel Speed  :   16.5 knots

 

Range   :   9,500 nautical miles at a mean speed of 10 knots

 

Armaments

1 x 4 inch Quick-Firing Mk. XIX combined Air/Surface Gun

1 x SQUID Anti-Submarine Mortar

1 x Depth Charge Rail  +  15 Nos. Depth-Charges

2 x 20mm Twin A.A. Cannon

1 x 20mm Single A.A. Cannon

 

Fitted out with Type 272 Radar, Type 144Q Sonar and Type 147B Sonar

 

 

09-09-1944 :

Along with the Frigate HMS Helmsdale, in a location North-West of Ireland, sank the German submarine U-484

 

11-11-1944 :

Along with the Corvettes HMS Launcaston Castle, HMS Pevensey Castle and Kenilworth Castle, shared in the sinking of German submarine U-1200 in a location South of Ireland

 

 

Film Appearances :

1951 – represented the fictitious HMS Saltash Castle (F-362) in film 'The Cruel Sea', released in 1953

 

1955 – Appeared in the film 'The Man Who Never Was'