HMS Amberley Castle (K386)
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Amberley Castle in January 1945
|Career (United Kingdom)|
|Name:||HMS Amberley Castle|
|Laid down:||31 May 1943|
|Launched:||27 November 1943|
|Commissioned:||24 November 1944|
|Identification:||Pennant number: K386|
|Fate:||Converted to weather ship in 1957, scrapped in 1982.|
|Class & type:||Castle-class corvette|
|Length:||252 ft (77 m)|
|Beam:||37 ft (11 m)|
|Draught:||10 ft (3.0 m)|
|Propulsion:||2 water tube boilers, 1 four cylinder triple expansion steam engine driving a single screw 2,750 hp (2 MW)|
|Speed:||16.5 knots (30.6 km/h; 19.0 mph) maximum, 10 knots (19 km/h) cruising|
|Range:||9,500 nautical miles at 10 knots (17,600 km at 19 km/h)|
|Radar - Type 272 originally, Sonar - Types 144Q and 147B originally|
1 × 4-inch Quick Firing Mk.XIX High Angle/Low Angle combined air/surface gun
Laid down at S.P. Austin & Son Ltd. shipyard in Sunderland on 31 May 1943 she was launched on 27 November 1943 and commissioned on 24 November 1944.
World War II
She was in reserve at Penarth from 1953 until 1957 when she was converted to a weather ship at Blyth in Northumberland and renamed to Weather Advisor in a ceremony on 22 September 1960 at the James Watt Dock, Greenock by Lady Sutton, wife of Sir Graham Sutton, the then director-general of the Met Office. She replaced the ship known as Weather Observer, which had carried out the role since 1947.
She served in this role from 28 September 1960 onwards until she was again extensively updated in July 1976 at Manchester dry docks, and renamed Admiral Fitzroy after the British vice-admiral Robert FitzRoy, the first director of the forerunner to the British Meteorological Office.
The ship was finally scrapped at Troon in 1982.
- Weather Adviser at www.weatherships.co.uk, including several pictures.