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    THE LOSS OF THE LLANDOVERY CASTLE

    On the North Atlantic Ocean,
    Just off the Irish shore,
    The SS LLANDOVERY CASTLE,
    Went to the ocean's floor.

    She'd sailed across from Halifax,
    A mercy ship was she,
    All lit up in the dark of night
    On that angry wartime sea.

    One hundred miles from Fastnet Rock,
    Red crosses on her side,
    Patzig let the tin fish go,
    Where was that skippers pride?

    Sylvester got the boats away,
    With those who did not drown,
    But hope was dashed when all could see,
    Patzig would run them down.

    He tore the boats to splinters,
    And gunned the helpless too,
    Just twenty four survivors,
    The tragic story knew.

    Ian A. Millar

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    Default Re: The loss of the llandovery castle

    Guessing at Llandovery castle (1) WW1 as opposed to Llandovery castle (2) WW2 ?


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    Yes Keith: 1914-18 War, Hospital Ship. A tragic event to say the least. Thankfully in spite of the obvious state of war most submarine commanders of all the nations taking part in both world wars did not ascribe to this sort of thing.

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    Llandovery castle (2) WW2

    In September 1940 work commenced to convert her also into a hospital ship but in the November was badly damaged in an air raid.

    The conversion was eventually completed and she resumed service in May 1941 with 450 beds and 89 medical staff as HMS Hospital Ship No.39, the only Union-Castle ship used in that capacity in WWII.

    During her wartime service she carried approximately 38,000 wounded and steamed some 250,000 miles.

    She returned to the Round Africa service in May 1947 and completed her last voyage in December 1952 to be broken up in March 1953 at Inverkeithing, Scotland by Thomas W. Ward for the British Iron & Steel Co.

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    Last edited by Keith at Tregenna; 14th February 2020 at 07:45 PM.
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