Grantully Castle (2)


GRANTULLY CASTLE (2) was built in 1910 by Barclay, Curle & Co. at Glasgow with a tonnage of 7612grt, a length of 450ft 7in, a beam of 54ft 4in and a service speed of 13 knots.

Together with her sister, the Garth Castle, she was one of the last pair ordered under the personal supervision of Sir Donald Currie who died on 23rd April 1909 at the age of 83.

One of five ships Built for the Intermediate trade she was given a 'G' name to replace the ex-Union 'G' class but the class was never as popular as the 'D' class ships.

In January 1915 she was being used as a troopship and while at Mudros during the Gallipoli campaign, in company with the Alnwick Castle, and Balmoral Castle, was held for five weeks from 18th March when the troops, because of mines, were unable to force the Dardanelles straits until 23rd April when they eventually landed to oppose a re-inforced Turkish army.

She left the Dardanelles on 1st May 1915 for Malta where she was commissioned as a hospital ship with 552 beds.

The war time poet Rupert Brooke died whilst on passage in Grantully Castle in 1915.  Rupert Brooke was on passage aboard Grantully Castle when he fell ill but did not die on her. In his last hours he was transferred to the French hospital ship "Duguay-Trouin," where he finally passed away.

"If I should die, think only this of me: That there's some corner of a foreign field That is for ever England."

She reverted to Union-Castle on 11th March 1919 and served for a further 20 years before being broken up in 1939.

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Grantully Castle

With Aquitania and another at Mudros during the Gallipoli Campaign

Small Water Colour

Artist - Jim Rae

Grantully Castle - Art Gallery

Vessel

Built

Service

Tonnage

Grantully Castle (2)

1910

1910 Deployed to The West Coast Intermediate Service

1915 Converted for Hospital Ship duties

1919 Returned to Union-Castle

1930 Transferred to The Round Africa Service

1933 Returned to The West Coast Intermediate Service

1939 Scrapped at Bo’ness

7612

Official Number

Ship Builder

Engine Builder

Engine Type

HP

Screws

129058

Barclay Curle

Glasgow

Barclay Curle

Glasgow

2 x Steam 4 Cyl

3250 IHP

2

Master

From

To

E A Sylvester

1/1910

8/1911

J George

9/1911

12/1917

E G Hughes

1/1917

3/1917

E W Day

8/1917


B Chave

12/1917

1/1918

A S Knight

7/1918

1/1920

T M Lang

1/1920

8/1922

E F Gilbert

10/1922

1/1923

C R Jackson

3/1923


J H Kerbey

10/1923

12/1924

A Barron

5/1924

6/1924

H R Northwood

12/1924

1/1925

J H Kerbey

1/1925

5/1925

A Barron

5/1925

9/1925

C E Stuart

10/1926

1/1927

E A Singeisen

1/1927

4/1927

G J Whitfield

5/1927

7/1927

A S Knight

7/1927

8/1927

A Barron

9/1927

4/1928

W Stanley

4/1928

6/1929

T W Heanley

7/1929

4/1930

J McMahon

4/1930

5/1930

Laid up

H Schofield

9/1930

11/1930

Laid up

J S James

2/1931


C Le Brocq

2/1931

5/1931

J S James

5/1931

6/1931

H R Northwood

6/1931

8/1931

W Weller

8/1931

2/1932

R W Goodacre

2/1932


Laid up

E H Thornton

7/1933


Laid up

H Schofield

9/1933

6/1934

E E Spradbrow

6/1934

9/1934

R W Goodacre

10/1934

10/1935

B Ray

11/1934

12/1934

E H Thornton

10/1935

11/1935

E E Spradbrow

12/1935

5/1936

Laid up

E E Spradbrow

7/1936

10/1936

Laid up

A E Castle

12/1936

11/1937

H Maxwell-Hart

11/1937

10/1938

C J Lovegrove

12/1938

3/1939

J C Brown

3/1939

6/1939

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