Winchester Castle
Ship Number
Vessel Type
Passenger Ship
Slip Number
Launch Date
November 19, 1929
October 11, 1930
Union-Castle Mail Steamship Co.
20108 grt
BP Length
630 feet
75 feet
No. of Screws
Speed (approx)
17 knots
Direct Acting (D.A.) Diesel
Official No.
 Winchester Castle

She sailed on her maiden mail run on 11th October 1930.
In 1936 one round voyage was lost when, after stranding near to Portland, the Armadale Castle  was brought in to replace her. She was the last ship to be modernised in 1938 to meet the new mail contract requirements and, like the Carnarvon Castle, had a large single raked funnel fitted.
In 1941 she made one trooping voyage to Bombay and then became the HQ ship for Admiral Mountbatten's Combined Operations spending a  year in Scottish waters training men. During this time she was always on 7 days standby for a possible invasion of Grand Canary Island.
On 23rd March she became the HQ ship in Operation Ironclad, the invasion of Vichy held Madagasgar.
Accompanied by the troopships Keren, Karanja, Llandaff Castle and Sobieski  she was escorted by the battleship HMS Ramilles and undertook a successful assault at Diego Suarez on May 4th and 5th. During a trooping voyage from the USA to the UK, on 22nd July 1942 she picked up the crew of the US cargo ship Honolulan which had been torpedoed by U-583. She was back in Loch Fyne by the September and on 6th November took part in the North African landings at Sidi Ferruch, Algiers. On 9th September 1943, with the Durban Castle, she took part in Operation Avalanche when Lt-General Mc Creery's 56th Division, British X Corps were landed between Paestum and Maiori, either side of Salerno and on 15th August 1944 participated in Operation Dragoon when her troops were landed near Cannes during the invasion of southern France.
During 1947-48 she was deployed on the UK-South Africa emigrant service with 877 berths.
Refurbished by Harland and Wolff  in 1948 she resumed her mail runs on 22nd September and continued until 1960 when she was replaced by the Windsor Castle. Sold for £315,000 she arrived at Mihara in Japan on 5th November to be broken up by Nichimen K.K.