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ROYAL NAVY SOUTH ATLANTIC COMMAND - ROYAL NAVY E F H I SHIPS

2)EDINBURGH CASTLE (ACCOM SHIP)



Photo. www.wikipedia.org 



Completed: 1910


Displacement: 13362 tons


Length: 570 ft


Beam: 64 ft 5in


Draught: 31.5 ft


Speed: 16.5 kts


Edinburgh Castle was withdrawn from service in 1938 and laid up at Netley until she was bought by the Admiralty for use as an accommodation ship in Freetown, Sierra Leone for Naval personnel and survivors of sunken ships. In 1945, as towing back to England would not be cost effective, she was towed 60 miles out to sea by the tug Empire Lawn and sunk by gunfire and depth charges from the armed trawler Cape Warwick, HMS Porchester Castle and HMS Launceston Castle.



In the detail above HMS Edinburgh Castle seen when towed offshore Freetown to be sunk. Photo Imperial War Museum Catalogue A 30948


 

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