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Name: SOUTHAMPTON CASTLE
Type Refrigerated Cargo Ship
Launched: 20/10/1964
Completed: 05/1965
Builder: Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd
Yard: Wallsend
Yard Number: 2010
Dimensions: 10538grt, 4235nrt, 545.0 x 77.3 x 46.2ft
Engines: 2 x Sulzer type oil engines, 2SA, 8cyl (900 x 1550), 34720bhp
Engines by: Port engine - Wallsend Slipway & Engineering Co Ltd, Wallsend
Engines by: Stbd engine - Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd, Glasgow
Propulsion: 2 x Screws, 25.0knots
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: 307788
History:
05/1965 Union-Castle Mail SS Co Ltd (Cayzer, Irvine & Co Ltd, managers), London
1978 Cota Armatori SpA, Genoa; renamed FRANCA C
1983 Court Shipping Co Ltd, Valletta; renamed FRANCA
19/01/1984 Broken up
Comments: Billed as the World's most powerful cargo liner in her day
Both of the engine builders were members of the Swan Hunter Group
19/01/1984: Broken up at Dalian, China


Above: Getting ready for the launch. Photo courtesy of Richard Cox

Abobe: Launched. Photo courtesy of Richard Cox

Above photo as SOUTHAMPTON CASTLE courtesy of Photoship

Above photo as SOUTHAMPTON CASTLE copyright of JK Byass

Above photo as SOUTHAMPTON CASTLE copyright of Chris Howell

Above photo as SOUTHAMPTON CASTLE copyright of Paul Strathdee

Above photo as FRANCA C copyright of Mike Griffiths