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Name: RUSHEN CASTLE
Type: Patrol Frigate
Keel: 18/04/1943
Launched: 16/07/1943
Completed: 24/02/1944
Builder: Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd
Yard: Neptune Yard, Low Walker
Yard Number: 1780
Dimensions: 1060disp, 252.0 x 37.0 x 10.0(draft)ft
Engines: T4cyl, 2750hp
Engines by: Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd
Propulsion: 1 x Screw, 17.0knots
Construction: Steel
Armament: 1 x 4.0ins QF, 1 x 2 x 20mm AA, 6 x 1 x 20mm guns
1 x Squid anti-submarine mortar; depth charges
History:
24/02/1944 British Royal Navy
26/09/1960 British Air Ministry
21/12/1961 Renamed WEATHER SURVEYOR
15/07/1977 JH Pounds, Portsmouth
1982 Broken up
Comments: A member of the Castle Class of Frigates also known as Corvettes
26/09/1960: Transferred to the Air Ministry for use as a weather ship
1961: Converted at Blyth Drydock and Shipbuilding Co Ltd
21/12/1961: Commissioned as WEATHER SURVEYOR
15/07/1977: Sold for use as a salvage vessel
4Q/1982: Broken up at Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht by Arie Rijsdijk - Boss En Zonen


Above photo as RUSHEN CASTLE copyright of the Imperial War Museum

Above photos as RUSHEN CASTLE courtesy of Photoship

Above photo at Blyth during conversion

Above photos as WEATHER SURVEYOR courtesy of Photoship

Above photo as WEATHER SURVEYOR copyright of Dave Offiler