Chepstow Castle


CHEPSTOW CASTLE was built in 1913 by Short Bros at Sunderland with a tonnage of 7494grt, a length of 425ft 6in, a beam of 56ft 4in and a service speed of 12 knots.

She was built as the Anglo-Brazilian for Lawther & Latta's Nitrate Producers Ltd and, in 1915, was acquired to augment ships requisitioned for war service and renamed Chepstow Castle.

She was employed mostly in the New York - South Africa service and between England and Mauritius

In 1926 she was the first ship to berth at the newly built port at Walvis Bay.

As a result of the shipping depression of 1931 she was laid up on the Clyde.

Early in 1932 she broke loose from her moorings and ran aground suffering considerable damage.

Se was sold some weeks later to shipbreakers at Glasgow.

From SA Shipping News 1952

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