Tuesday, 11 July 2017

edinburgh castle

The East and South Africa mail liner S/S Edinburgh Castle was requisitioned during WW1, armed and used as a an armed cruiser in the South Atlantic Squadron.

Ready for the breakers in 1939, she was requisitioned again in WWII, in which she served as an accomodation ship for survivors of sunken ships at Freetown, Sierra Leone.

In November 1945, being declared not worth to tow back to England, Edinburgh Castle was sunk as an exercise target by gunfire from the armed trawler Cape Warwick, HMS Porchester Castle and HMS Launceston Castle, some 60 miles off Freetown.

Rather an infamous end for such a beautiful liner.


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