Roxburgh Castle (1)

ROXBURGH CASTLE (1) was built in 1937 by Harland & Wolff at Belfast with a tonnage of 7801grt, a length of 474ft 2in, a beam of 63ft 4in and a service speed of 15 knots.

Sister of the Rochester Castle she was delivered on 26th June 1937 for the soft fruit trade.

On 21/22 December 1940 she was damaged by bombs during a night attack on Liverpool as was the Llangibby Castle.

In the following year, on 4th May, she was again damaged by bombs during an air raid on Liverpool.

On 22nd February 1943 she was torpedoed by U-107 off Ferraria Point in the Azores in position 38.12N 26.22W whilst sailing independently of any convoy which ships of with this speed capability frequently did.

Launch - March 1937

Maiden Voyage - June 1937

In civilian service

Ready for war

Date of attack

22 Feb 1943


Sunk by U-107 (Harald Gelhaus)

Position 38.12N, 26.22W - Grid CE 6837


64 (0 dead and 64 survivors).

Torpedoed and Sunk in The North Atlantic - 1943

Roxburgh Castle

Left Glasgow

For Buenos Aires

Lost 22 February 1943



G H Mayhew



Glasgow - Buenos Aires


1030 tons of chemicals and mail

Notes on loss  

At 08.28 hours on 22 Feb, 1943, the unescorted Roxburgh Castle (Master George Henry Mayhew) was hit by one of three torpedoes from U-107 after being chased for five hours between the islands of Terceira and Saõ Miguel in the Azores.

She sank by the bow after a coup de grâce hit at 09.12 hours.

The survivors were questioned by the Germans before they left the area.

The master, 55 crew members and eight gunners landed at Ponta Delgada, Azores and were taken to Lisbon by the Portuguese steam passenger ship Serpa Pino.

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