HMS Hurst Castle (K416)
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HMS Hurst Castle underway in the Firth of Tay on completion.
|Name:||HMS Hurst Castle|
|Builder:||Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Dundee|
|Laid down:||6 August 1943|
|Launched:||23 February 1944|
|Commissioned:||9 June 1944|
|Fate:||Sunk by U-482 on 1 September 1944|
|Displacement:||1,060 long tons (1,077 t)|
|Length:||252 ft (77 m)|
|Beam:||37 ft (11 m)|
|Draught:||10 ft (3.0 m)|
|Installed power:||2,750 hp (2.05 MW)|
|Speed:||16.5 knots (30.6 km/h; 19.0 mph)|
|Range:||9,500 nmi (17,600 km) at 10 kn (19 km/h; 12 mph)|
Built by the Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Company in Dundee and launched on 23 February 1944, she served as a convoy escort during the Second World War. She was sunk by the German submarine U-482 on 1 September 1944 northwest of Ireland whilst part of the escort for convoy CU-36. The submarine fired a single G7es torpedo. Sixteen of the ship's company were killed, the youngest, Donald Bennett, being only sixteen.
In January 2007 there were still five crew members living around the UK.
The wreck of HMS Hurst Castle was discovered at a depth of 85 metres, and on 23 October 2011 Barry McGill became the first person to dive the wreck, operating from MV Rosguill. Rosguill Charters