||HMS Portchester Castle
||6 February 1943
||Swan Hunter, Wallsend
||17 March 1943
||21 June 1943
||Pennant number: K362
||paid off 1947 and broken up 14 May 1958
|Class & type:
||252 ft (77 m)
||37 ft (11 m)
||10 ft (3.0 m)
||2,750 hp (2.05 MW)
- Two water-tube boilers
- One 4-cylinder triple-expansion steam engine
- Single screw
||16.5 kn (30.6 km/h)
||9,500 nmi (17,600 km) at 10 knots (19 km/h)
- Type 272 radar
- Type 144Q sonar
- Type 147B sonar
- One 4-inch Quick Firing Mk.XIX High Angle/Low Angle combined air/surface gun
- One Squid Anti-submarine mortar
- One depth charge rail, 15 depth charges
- Two 20 mm twin anti-aircraft cannon
- Six 20 mm single anti-aircraft cannon
HMS Portchester Castle was a Castle-class corvette built in 1943 and scrapped in 1958. She was the only ship of the Royal Navy to be named after Portchester Castle in Hampshire, and was used for the 1952 film The Cruel Sea, in which she played Saltash Castle.
Construction and career
She was launched on 21 June 1943 at Swan Hunter shipyard in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Sinking of U-484
On 9 September 1944 Portchester Castle and Helmsdale sank the German submarine U-484 in the North Atlantic north-west of Ireland, in position 55°45′N 11°41′W.
Sinking of U-1200
As one of four ships in 30th Escort Group under the command of Denys Rayner, Portchester Castle shared in the sinking of theGerman submarine U-1200 south of Ireland (in position 50°24′N 09°10′W) on 11 November 1944, along with her sister shipsLaunceston Castle, Pevensey Castle and Kenilworth Castle.
She was paid off in 1947.
Appearance in The Cruel Sea
In 1951 Portchester Castle was employed to represent the fictitious HMS Saltash Castle in the film The Cruel Sea (1953) in which she is shown wearing the pennant number F362, rather than her own K362. In 1955 The ship was also seen in the film The Man Who Never Was.
She was scrapped at Troon on 14 May 1958.