Dunvegan Castle (2)


DUNVEGAN CASTLE (2) was built in 1936 by Harland & Wolff at Belfast with a tonnage of 15007grt, a length of 560ft, a beam of 71ft 9in and a service speed of 17 knots.

Sister of the Dunnottar Castle she was initially deployed on the mail run while other ships were being rebuilt.

In September 1939 she was requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted into an Armed Merchant Merchant cruiser as HMS Dunvegan Castle.

On 27th August 1940 at 21.47 hrs she was torpedoed by U-46 off western Ireland while escorting a convoy to Freetown with the loss of 27 lives.

She sank early on the following morning and the 250 survivors were taken to Scotland.

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