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RMS Skenilworth Castle Brass Lighter

RMS Skenilworth Castle Brass Lighter

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KENILWORTH CASTLE (2) was built in 1904 by Harland & Wolff at Belfast with a tonnage of 12275grt, a length of 570ft 2in, a beam of 64ft 8in and a service speed of 17.5 knots.

Sister of the Armadale Castle she entered service in May 1904 and in August 1914 she was requisitioned by the Admiralty for troopship duties.

On 4th June 1918 she was proceeding up the English Channel in convoy when she was in collision with the destroyer HMS Rival.

A number of the destroyer's depth charges went overboard and exploded under the stern of the Kenilworth Castle but she managed to limp safely into Plymouth.

Fifteen men were drowned when two lifeboats were swamped. In 1919 she was quarantined for three weeks in Table Bay due to an influenza epidemic in South Africa.

She was broken up in 1936.