Allied Warships

HMS Portchester Castle (K 362)

Corvette of the Castle class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 362 
Built bySwan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.) 
Ordered6 Feb 1943 
Laid down17 Mar 1943 
Launched21 Jun 1943 
Commissioned8 Nov 1943 
End service 

Scrapped at Troon on 14 May 1958.


Commands listed for HMS Portchester Castle (K 362)

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1Lt. Alexander Gordon Scott, RNR4 Aug 194320 May 1945
2T/A/Lt.Cdr. William Leslie Turner, DSC, RNR20 May 1945late 1945

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Notable events involving Portchester Castle include:

Portrayed the fictional frigate HMS Saltash Castle in the movie The Cruel Sea starring Jack Hawkins and Stanley Baker. (1)

9 Sep 1944
German U-boat U-484 was sunk in the North Atlantic north-west of Ireland, in position 55°45'N, 11°41'W, by depth charges from the British corvette HMS Portchester Castle (Lt. A.G. Scott, RNR) and the British frigate HMS Helmsdale (Cdr. P.W. Burnett, DSC and Bar, RN).

11 Nov 1944
The depth charge attacks carried out by the British corvettes HMS Pevensey Castle (Cdr. D.A. Rayner, DSC, VD, RNVR), HMS Launceston Castle (Lt. R.M. Roberts, RNR), HMS Portchester Castle (Lt. A.G. Scott, RNR) and HMS Kenilworth Castle (Lt. J.J. Allon, RNR) south of Ireland, in position 50°24'N, 09°10'W, formerly credited with the destruction of the German U-boat U-1200, were actually made against a non-sub target.


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