Drakensburg Castle


DRAKENSBURG CASTLE was built in 1945 by J & L Thompson & Sons in Sunderland with a tonnage of 9905grt, a length of 500ft 4in, a beam of 64ft 1in and a service speed of 14.5 knots.

She was built for the Ministry of War Transport as the Empire Allenby, one of the Empire Rawlinson class of fast ships.

The officers accommodation was amidships and the ratings were housed aft in the poop. Nobody was berthed in the forecastle because of mines.

She was acquired by Union-Castle in 1946 under the Government's Ship Disposal scheme and became the Drakensburg Castle with a black hull.

With her sisters she was deployed on the USA - South Africa run but, because she was faster than the service required, was expensive to operate.

She was not suitable for tramping operations either so finished up having a shorter than normal working life.

In July 1947 she was transferred to South African registry and by the late 1950's was operating a general cargo service round Africa.

On 5th August 1959 she arrived at Hong Kong where she was broken up.

Vessel

Built

Service

Tonnage

Drakensburg Castle

1945

1946 Purchased from MOWT renamed Drakensburg Castle

1946 Deployed to the USA to South Africa Service

1947 Transferred to S African registry

1959 Scrapped at Hong Kong

9905

Official Number

Ship Builder

Engine Builder

Engine Type

HP

Screws

180157

J L Thompson & Sons

Sunderland

Charles Parsons

Newcastle

2 x Steam turbines

Parsons

6800 SHP

1

Master

From

To

W J Knight

3/1946

7/1946

J H Trayner

8/1946

5/1947

G W Lloyd

5/1947

5/1948

D D MacKenzie

6/1948

8/1948

A J Bidwell

1948

1950

D W Sowden

9/1952

11/1952

H L Holland

3/1953

7/1953

D W Sowden

7/1953

8/1953


8/1956

9/1956

A T Underdown

12/1956

3/1958

A E Payne

7/1958

12/1958

N M Lloyd

2/1959

4/1959

R H Pape

5/1959

8/1959

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