WW1 Hospital ship Gloucster Castle torpedoed, salvaged to serve in WW2, but be sunk by German Armed Merchant Raider Michel
Gloucster Castle had a chequered life over more than 30 years, built in 1911, requisitioned as a Hospital ship in 1914, torpedoed in 1917, towed home for repairs, served in WW2 until 1942, only to be sunk by the German Armed Merchant Raider Michel.
Built in Scotland in 1911.
Although well identified as a Hospital ship with her large Red crosses painted on her hull, she was torpedoed on the 30th. of March in 1915 on a trip from Le Havre to Southhampton, luck was with her, and from her 399 passengers on board, only 3 died. She did not sink and was taken in tow, the journey home for repairs taking 2 weeks, and by 1919 she was back in service in a civilian capacity, plying the route to Africa.
Because of her meagre 13 knots speed, the ship gained the name of GO SLOWSTER CASTLE, come 1939 she was laid up at Netly in Southhampton Water.
Gloucester Castle torpedoed 30th. March 1917, in English Channel, Her Red Cross well in evidence on her hull.
Back at Sea.
In the ensuing action which sank her, from her 154 people on board, 82 crew, 6 women, 3 men, and 2 children all passengers, died. The remaining 57 survivors were taken aboard the German supply ship and tanker Charlotte Schliemann, to wind up as prisoners in Japan for the next 3 years.
Charlotte Schliemann on the left with the Speybank, renamed Doggerbank.
German Armed Merchant Raider Michel, sank Gloucster Castle, off the Ascention Islands