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Castle Class Corvettes of the Royal Navy including HMS Allington Castle, Alnwick Castle, Amberley Castle, Bamborough Castle, Berkeley Castle, Caistor Castle, Carisbrooke Castle, Knaresborough Castle.

These Castle Class Corvettes were a much improved vessel to the Flower class Corvettes The improved length designed by William Reed of Smith's Dock made these more suitable for Atlantic Weather conditions.  With the Addition of Squid which improved its anti Submarine capabilities.  from the Class Two were sunk by German U-Boats, HMS Hurst Castle on 1st September 1944 and HMS Denbigh Castle lost on the 13th February 1944 . HMS Tunsberg (ex HMS Shrewsbury Castle) was sunk by hitting a mine on the 12th December 1944.

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Castle Class Corvettes

Displacement: 1,010 tons    Speed: 16.5 knots    Complement: 120    

Armament: One 4 inch gun, Ten 20 mm anti-aircraft guns, One ATW.

Name Builder Launch Date Fate
HMS Allington Castle (ex Amaryllis) (K689) Fleming & Ferguson 29th February 1944 Sold on 20th December 1958 for scrapping at Sunderland. broken up 1959
HMS Alnwick Castle (K405) Brown, Kincaid 23rd May 1944 Scrapped in December 1958 at Gateshead.
HMS Amberley Castle (K386) Austin, Clark 27th November 1943 Became weather advisor in 1960.
HMS Bamborough Castle (K412) Lewis 11th January 1944 Scrapped on 22nd May 1959 at Llanelly.
HMS Barnard Castle (K694) Brown, Kincaid 5th October 1944 She was converted to the merchant ship Empire Shelter before completion in 1945. Eventually scrapped on 29th July 1955.
HMS Berkeley Castle (K387) Barclay Curle 19th August 1943 She capsized in dry dock at Sheerness during flooding in February 1953 and finally was scrapped on 26th September 1955 at Grays.
HMS Caistor Castle (K690) Lewis 22nd May 1944 Scrapped in March 1956
HMS Carisbrooke Castle (K379) Caledon, Clark 31st July 1943 She was scrapped on 14th June 1958 at Faslane.

Castle Class  Corvette HMS Carisbrooke Castle

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HMS Carisbrooke Castle. 

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HMS Denibigh Castle (K696) Lewis 5th August 1944 Lost on 13th February 1945.
HMS Dumbarton Castle (K388) Caledon, Hargreaves 28th September 1943 Scrapped in March 1961 at Gateshead.
HMS Farnham Castle (K413) Crown, Clark 25th April 1944 Scrapped on 31st October 1960 at Gateshead.
HMS Flint Castle (K383) Robb, Plenty 1st September 1943 Scrapped on 10th July 1958 at Faslane.
HMS Gorey Castle (K529) (became Hedingham Castle (F355) in 1944 Crown, Clark 30th October 1944 Renamed Hedingham Castle in August 1944 she was eventually scrapped in April 1958 at Granton.
HMS Guildford Castle (K378) Robb, Walker 13th November 1943 Served with the Canadian Navy as Hespeler (K489) in 1944. Became the merchant ship Chilcotin in 1947, renamed Stella Maris in 1958.
HMS Hadleigh Castle (K355) Smiths Dock 21st June 1943 Scrapped in January 1959 at Sunderland.

HMS Hadleigh Castle, at the breakers in Sunderland, February 1959.

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HMS Hedingham Castle (K396) Robb, Plenty 26th January 1944 Served with the Canadian Navy as Orangeville (K491) in 1943. She then became the merchant ship Ta Tung in 1947, renamed Hsi Ling and then Shih Lin in 1947. Became Chinese ship called Te An in 1951.

HMS Hedingham Castle, June 1953.

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HMS Hever Castle (K521) Blyth, White 24th February 1944 Served with the Canadian Navy as Coppercliff (K495) in 1944. Became the merchant ship Ta Lung in 1947, renamed Wan Lee in 1947.
HMS Hurst Castle (K416) Caledon, Thornycroft 23rd February 1944 Lost on 1st September 1944.
HMS Kenilworth Castle (K420) Smiths Dock 17th August 1943 Scrapped on 20th June 1959 at Llanelly.

HMS Kenilworth Castle.

Sent in by Bill Allon, whose father commanded this ship during the war.

HMS Knaresborough Castle (K389) Blyth, White 28th September 1943 Scrapped on 16th March 1956 at Prot Glasgow.
HMS Lancaster Castle (K691) Fleming & Ferguson 14th April 1944 Scrapped on 6th September 1960 at Gateshead.

HMS Lancaster Castle with HMS Hadleigh Castle, laid up, July 1950.

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HMS Launceston Castle (K397) Blyth, White 27th November 1943 Scrapped on 3rd August 1959 at Davidson Forth.

HMS Launceston Castle and HMS Kenilworth Castle, November 1945.

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HMS Leeds Castle (K384) Pickersgill, Clark 12th October 1943 Scrapped on 5th June 1958 at Grays.
HMS Maiden Castle (K443) Fleming & Ferguson 8th June 1944 She was converted to the merchant ship Empire Lifeguard before completion in 1944. She was scrapped on 22nd July 1955.
HMS Morpeth Castle (K693) Pickersgill, Clark 26th November 1943 Scrapped on 9th August 1960 at Llanelly.
HMS Norham Castle (ex Totnes Castle) Harland & Wolff, Fawcett, Preston 12th April 1944 Served with the Canadian Navy as Humberstone (K497) in 1944. Became the merchant ship Ta Wei in 1947, renamed Chang Cheng in 1947, renamed King Kang in 1949 and again to Tai Shan in 1950. Renamed Flying Dragon then San Blas in 1951 and again in 1954 to South Ocean. Scrapped in September 1959 in Hong Kong.
HMS Nunnery Castle (K446) Pickersgill, Clark 26th January 1944 Served with the Canadian Navy as Bowmanville (K493) in 1944. Became the merchant ship Ta Shun in 1947 and was renamed to Yuan Pei in same year. Transferred to Chinese as Kuano Chou in 1951.
HMS Oakham Castle (K530) Inglis, Harland & Wolff and Robey 20th July 1944 Became Weather Reporter in 1958.
HMS Oxford Castle (K692) Harland & Wolff 11th December 1943 Scrapped on 6th September 1960 at Briton Ferry.
HMS Pembroke Castle (K450) Ferguson 12th Ferguson 1944 Served with the Canadian Navy as Tillsonburg (K496) in 1944. Became the merchant ship Ta Ting in 1947 and renamed Chiu Chin in 1947. Transferred to Chinese and named Kao An in 1952. 
HMS Pevensey Castle (K449) Harland & Wolff 11th January 1944 Became weather monitor in 1960.
HMS Porchester Castle (K362) Swan Hunter 21st June 1943 Scrapped on 14th May 1958 at Troon.

HMS Porchester Castle in 1952.  Sent in by Brenda Duthie.

HMS Rayleigh Castle (K695) Ferguson 19th June 1944 Converted to the merchant ship Empire Rest before completion in 1944 and was scrapped in June 1952.
HMS Rising Castle (K398) Harland & Wolff 8th February 1944 Served with the Canadian Navy as Arnprior (K494) in 1944. Transferred to Uruguay as Montevideo in 1948.
HMS Rushen Castle (K372) Swan Hunter 16th July 1943 Became weather surveyor in 1960.
HMS Sandgate Castle (K373) Smiths Dock 28th December 1943 Served with the Canadian Navy as St Thomas (K488) in 1944. Became the merchant ship Camosun in 1946, renamed as Chilcotin and again to Yukon Starin 1958.
HMS Scarborough Castle (K536) Fleming & Ferguson 8th September 1944 Converted to merchant ship Empire Peacemaker before completion in 1945. Scrapped in June 1955.
HMS Sherbourne Castle (K453) Harland & Wolff 24th February 1944 Served with the Canadian Navy as Petrolia (K498) in 1944. Marked for disposal on 23rd May 1946.
HMS Shrewsbury Castle (K374) Swan Hunter 16th August 1943 Served with the Norwegian Navy as Tunsberg Castle in 1944, she was lost on 12th December 1944.
HMS Tamworth Castle (K393) Smiths Dock 26th January 1944 Served with the Canadian Navy as Kincardine (K490) in 1944, becoming the merchant ship Saada in 1947.
HMS Tintagel Castle (K399) Ailsa 13th December 1943 Scrapped in June 1958 at Troon.

HMS Tintagel Castle, June 1950.

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HMS Walmer Castle (K460) Smiths Dock 10th March 1944 Served with the Canadian Navy as Leaside (K492) in 1944. Became the merchant ship Coquitlam in 1947, renamed Glacier Queen in 1958.
HMS Wolvesey Castle (K461) Ailsa 24th February 1944 Served with the Canadian Navy as Huntsville (K499) in 1944. Became the merchant ship Wellington Kent in 1947, renamed Belle Isle II in 1951 and lost on 19th August 1960.
HMS York Castle (K537) Ferguson 20th September 1944 Converted to merchant ship Empire Comfort before completion in 1945. Scrapped in June 1955.
 

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