Bratton Castle

BRATTON CASTLE was built in 1920 by Armstrong, Whitworth & Co. at Newcastle with a tonnage of 6696grt, a length of 412ft 2in, a beam of 55ft 10in and a service speed of 11 knots.

With her sister, the Bampton Castle, she was laid down as an N1 type standard ship but was not allocated a "War" name.

Completed in May 1920 as a cargo ship she was the first ship in the company to have the cruiser stern profile although, not the true cruiser stern.

In 1931 she was sold to Rethymnis & Kulukundis of Pireaus and renamed, initially as Proteus but this was later changed to Mount Taurus.

On 17th November 1942 she was torpedoed by U-264 while in convoy ONS 144 which was crossing the North Atlantic from London to Halifax, Nova Scotia.

A spread of three torpedoes was heard to explode after 3 min 40 secs, 3 min 56 secs and 4 min 31 secs yet the Mount Taurus was only hit once.

The other two explosions have never been explained.

Cargo Plan for Voyage 10 - July 1925

Plan drawn by G W B Lloyd - then serving as 3rd Officer

Launch of Bratton Castle - 1920

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