SS Castilian


SS Castilian

SS "Castilian" was carrying a cargo of munitionscite book |title= Underwater Guide to North Wales Vol. 2|last= Holden|first= Chris|year=2008 |publisher= Calgo Publications|isbn= 978-0-9545066-1-2|pages= p57] to Lisbon when she struck East Platters Rocks, near The Skerries (Anglesey) and on 12 February 1943 sank.

In 1987 a Royal Navy clearance vessel spent several months removing unexploded ordnance from Fydlyn Bay nearby believed to have come from the wreck. In 1997 the location of the wreck on East Platters Rocks was designated under section 2 of the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973 in 1997 with a 500 m exclusion zone regarding scuba diving activities because of its potentially dangerous cargo. [UK SI| title = The Protection of Wrecks (SS Castilian) Order 1997|url=http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si1997/19971976.htm | year=1997 |number= 1976| force=13 August 1997]

Other boats with the same name

There were two other Ellerman Lines ships called SS "Castilian". The first, ex-"Umbilo", was purchased in 1909 from Bullard, King & Co renamed "Castilian", 1917 torpedoed and sunk by Unterseeboot 61 off Ireland. The third built 1955, 1963 renamed "City of Peterborough", 1964 reverted to "Castilian" (1966-7 chartered to Cunard, temporarily renamed "Arabia"), 1971 sold to Maldives renamed "Maldive Freedom". An even earlier "Castilian" was wrecked on Porthmadog Bar in 1868. [cite web|url=http://freespace.virgin.net/r.cadwalader/maritime/lifeboat/wreck.htm|title=Vessel Losses and Casualties in Tremadoc Bay and St Patrick's Causeway]

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