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NAME

RMS. ARUNDEL CASTLE

CLASS

LINER

LAUNCHED

SEPTEMBER 11th 1919

BUILT

HARLAND & WOLFF / BELFAST / IRELAND

WEIGHT

18,980 TONS

LENGTH

661 FEET

WIDTH

72 FEET

SPEED

17 KNOTS - TURBINE ENGINES - TWO PROPELLERS


Arundel Castle was built for the British based Union Castle Line to be operated on the Southampton - Cape Town route. This ship should have been completed in 1916 under the name Amroth Castle. With the outcome of World War One not being settled until November 1918 and a shortage of materials in the following years, the Union Castle Line had to wait until 1921 for the delivery of their ship. By that time, they had taken the decision to rename her Arundel Castle. This was the largest ship built for the South Africa run so far. In an attempt to match the larger ships on the Atlantic run, Union Castle had her designed with four funnels. Although, with the delay in her building, ships with four funnels had become outdated by the time she entered service. Arundel Castle set out on her maiden voyage from Southampton - Cape Town April 22nd 1921. As that route took her through the warm West African climate, she was one of the first liners to be fitted with air conditioning and a pool.

Arundel Castle

Arundel Castle was returned to Harland & Wolff in 1937 to be modernized. This work involved removing two of her four funnels, converting her boilers from coal to oil burning and reshaping her bow into a more modern sweeping design. Arundel Castle was returned to the Southampton - Cape Town run a few months later 25 feet longer and with an increased service speed of 20 knots. The British Admiralty requisitioned Arundel Castle to serve as a troopship in 1939. After surviving the Second World War unscathed and taking part in the return of British servicemen, she was converted back to a passenger liner to provide a service for emigrants traveling to South Africa. The end of that role in 1949 led to Arundel Castle being returned to her usual service between Southampton and Cape Town. She completed 211 voyages on that route before being laid up at Southampton in December 1958. Arundel Castle’s final voyage to the scrap yard at Kowloon/Japan followed soon after.

Arundel Castle after being modernized
Arundel Castle

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