Mersea Island Museum - Blackwater Ships

Arrived:cApril 1923
Departed:cAugust 1923
Career:"Haven of Rest" by Douglas Gurton says "LLANSTEPHAN CASTLE was later joined by two fairly modern cargo ships of the same company, the BRATTON CASTLE and SANDOWN CASTLE. These were known as "black ships" being painted black in contrast to the lavender grey hulls of the passenger liners.

There are no firm dates for the vessel, but she was probably in the River during the summer of 1923: Northern Whig of 26 Mar 1923 reported BRATTON CASTLE arrived Gravesend 25-03-23 from Bombay
Aberdeen Press & Journal 22 Aug 1923 reported BRATTON CASTLE sailed Middlesbrough 20-08-23 for Cape Town
Sold to Kulukundis Greece 1931 renamed PROTEUS.

Tonnage:6,696 gross
Type:Cargo ship
Owner:Union Castle Line
Official No:144539

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