Banbury Castle

BANBURY CASTLE was built in 1918 by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson at Newcastle with a tonnage of 6430grt, a length of 412ft 2in, a beam of 55ft 10in and a service speed of 11 knots.

Similar to the Bratton Castle she was the first 'N' Class standard ship, the only one from Swan, Hunter and launched on 8th August 1918 as the War Climax.

Delivered to the Shipping Controller on 28th September 1918 she was sold to Glen Line in October 1919 and renamed Glenstrae.

She was purchased by Union-Castle in August 1920, renamed Banbury Castle and remained with the company until 1931 when she was sold to G. Vergottis of Piraeus who changed her name to Rokos.

On 23rd December 1941 she was mined off Harwich and beached. She was towed off but went aground again whilst under tow and became a total loss.

In war-time dazzle paint

As Rokos

As War Climax

Life before Union-Castle Line

Life after Union-Castle Line

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