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BALMORAL CASTLE (2) was built in 1910 by Fairfield Ship Building & Engineering Co. at Glasgow with a tonnage of 13361grt, a length of 570ft, a beam of 64ft 6in and a service speed of 14 knots.

Sister of the Edinburgh Castle (2) she was based on the Walmer Castle but without a break in the after superstructure.

When she made her maiden mail voyage in February 1910 she completed the run in 16.5 days.

When she came into service in 1910 she was the first ship of the Union-Castle Line to be fitted with Marconi wireless telegraphy.

In October of the same year, acting as a royal yacht, HMS Balmoral Castle, with a white hull and yellow funnels, she carried the Duke and Duchess of Connaught to South Africa for the opening of Parliament.

She was requisitioned as a troopship on the northbound voyages in 1914 but continued to maintain the mail service.

Between March and May 1915 she trooped to Gallipoli landing them on 23rd April.

Following the Armistice in 1918 she repatriated US and Australian troops.

In 1919 she made to voyages between Liverpool and New York for Cunard before returning to service with Union-Castle.

She was broken up at Newport, Monmouthshire in June 1939.

Engineering Magazine - April 1910

In August 1914 she became a troopship and took part in the famous six ship Union-Castle convoy which brought 4000 troops to Europe.

Balmoral Castle in her Dazzle Paint

At the beginning of the First World War she remained on the mail service but carried troops northbound to Europe.

During March through to May 1915 she carried troops to the landings at Gallipoli

13 April 1918 as part of Convoy 39, departed Sydney with 7 AIF personnel and 73 Munitions workers. Had also embarked Medical Corps General Reinforcements and One Chaplain

2nd May 1918 departed NZ (Auckland or Wellington) with 437 military personnel

Likely convoy 39 commenced as a fleet at Albany Western Australia 8th May 1918

Service in WW1

Balmoral Castle

Artist - Unknown

Balmoral Castle

From Merchant Ships of The World in Colour 1910 - 1929

Artist - Lawrence Dunn

Balmore Castle - Art Gallery

Front View of Both Engines

Rear View of Port Engine

Balmoral Castle Enters Service - 1910

From The Natal Province Official Handbook

Requisitioned as Royal Yacht - 1910

In October of 1910, acting as a royal yacht, HMS Balmoral Castle, with a white hull and yellow funnels.

She carried the Duke and Duchess of Connaught to South Africa for the opening of Parliament.

Farewell Balmore Castle - 1939

She was broken up at Newport, Monmouthshire in June 1939.

Passenger Decks

The Boat Deck

The Promenade Deck

First Class Public Rooms

First Class Entrance

First Class Dining Saloon

First Class Lounge

First Class Library

First Class Smoking Lounge

First Class Suite

Second Class Public Rooms

Second Class Dining Saloon

Second Class Library

Second Class Smoking Lounge

Second Class Cabin

Third Class Public Rooms

Third Class Dining Saloon

Third Class Lounge

Third Class Smoking Lounge

Third Class Cabin

Catering Facilities

First Class Pantry

Passenger Galley

Quadruple Expansion Steam Main Engines

Vessel

Built

Tonnage

Official No

Ship Builder

Engine Builder

Engine Type

HP

Screws

Balmoral Castle (2)

1910

13361

129074

Fairfield

Glasgow

Fairfield

Glasgow

2 x Quadruple Expansion Steam

12500 IHP

2

Career Summary

Balmoral Castle (2)

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