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m.v Rochester Castle
m.v Rochester Castle, Capetown, South Africa. Alex Duncan
The Rochester Castle was built at the famous Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast. She was one of four sisters which were a slightly larger version of the earlier `R` Class.

Her maiden voyage took her to Port Natal, were she began her employment as a refeer fruit carrier on the South Africa-Uk trade.

In August 1942 she took part in one of the most famous convoys of World War Two "Operation Pedestal" the relief of Malta. 15 fast merchant ships were assembled along with many escorting war ships, among them H.M.S Eagle, to take

Rochester Castle, probably on her trials in 1937. Laurence Dunn.
much needed stores to the battered island. Out of the fifteen ships only five made it through. Rochester Castle sailed into Valetta on August the 13th, she had taken several torpedos in the bow, fired from German E-Boats, and was drawing 36ft. The damage kept her in Malta until December when temporary repairs were made to allow her to make a dash for New York via Alexandria and Cape Town.

Rochester Castle finally returned to the U.K in 1943 with a cargo of frozen meat.

Courtsey of the Rene Beauchamp Collection
My Dad made two trips on this ship as 2nd Mate, the master at that time was Capt. Bosanquet. He joined the ship at South Shields on 8th February 1966 and after two runs down to the Cape left her in Cardiff May 24th 1966.The ship was finally sold out of the Union Castle fleet in 1970 to the Castle Shipping Co.Ltd and renamed Glenda, she was then sold to Chinese Mainland shipbreakers. Arrived Whampoa, November 13th.
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