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HMS FLINT CASTLE - Yard No 343 - Castle Class Corvette - Royal Navy - Built 1943


 HMS FLINT CASTLE (K383) Ship No 343  
Owners   Royal Navy
Registered     Keel Laid    20/04/1943
Type of Ship    Castle Class Corvette Launched    01/09/1943
      Commissioned    31/12/1943
Ship Details          
Length Overall    252' 0" Launch Details    
Length B.P.    225' 0" Weather    
Beam    36' 6" Time to Water    
Depth Mld     17' 6"      
Draught    11' 6" Mean      
G.R.T.    1370 tons      
Complement     100 to 110 Officers and Men      
Engines    2 x Admiralty 3 drum boilers, 1 x triple expansion reciprocating engine, single shaft, 2750 ihp      
Props    1      
Speed    17 knots      
Armament     1 x 4 in gun, Squid projectile, 6 x Oerlikon guns, 15 depth charges      
Other known names   N/A    
Current Status   Broken up at at Faslane in 1958    
Content on HMS FLINT CASTLE will be added as and when available. 

HMS FLINT CASTLE seen here just off the coast of Ireland and showing just the type of weather the ships had to contend with.

(photo was taken from H.M.S. Rushen Castle by Lt McMullan.)


Ships History


Once a ship had been built and launched she then had to be out-fitted, and then complete sea trials
before being handed over to her new owners, in the case of a ship for the Royal Navy this meant she also had to be commissioned as fit for purpose, once commissioned she was then considered ready for action and would take her place in the fleet.

HMS FLINT CASTLE was the first of the "Castle Class" Corvettes to be built at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb.

One of three of this class to be built at Leith, she was commissioned in Dec 1943 and was quickly assigned to the Clyde Escort group, during her time in service she once run for 45,000 miles without docking for rest or repair, it is almost certain she sank a U-Boat off the west African coast but her crew made no claim as all the could see was an oil slick on the surface after attacks with her main anti-submarine weapon the formidable squid which was a forward firing mortar in effect.

The Castle Class ships were a big improvement on the original "Flower Class" Corvette being longer and they were handsome looking ships but they had the same power plant as the Flower class and this meant they were very under powered, but all the same they were very capable submarine hunters.

She was part of the 2nd Training Sqn. at Portland from 1946 untill March 1956 when she was relieved at Portland and placed in reserve at Devonport after 13 years continuous service.
She arrived at Her Majesty's Navy base at Faslane on 10 July 1958 to be broken up by Ship-breaking Industries Ltd.

HMS FLINT CASTLE had her time as a film star as well, just one of many ex Leith ships to take part in films or movies as refered to nowadays she was to portray a German escort vessel depth charging a British submarine off the coast of France in the movie The Cockleshell Heroes starring Jose Ferrer and Trevor Howard. 


We try here to give as full an account of her history as time and research permits, if you know of missing info
or you have any photographs of her, then please get in touch and we shall update her story as we go along.


Tales from the Ship

Here you will find the stories from the men and women who sailed on the ships, what was it really like to be working on a ship in a raging sea and in the pitch dark of night, the real stories some funny some sad, some good and some bad.

Dedicated to all the brave men and women who sailed the vessels from the Leith Shipyards.

Should you know of anyone who may have sailed on her, then please feel free to get in touch so that we can add the story here.



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0 #7 andy nelson 2016-05-30 06:36
Hi my father Danny nelson served on flint castle from 1943 to 1948 as a stoker like most he did not speak about the war times. i am researching his navy career and would appreciate any info from his time on flint castle.Thank you
0 #6 Gemma 2015-09-05 21:11

I'm looking for anyone who may have been on this ship on behalf of my Grandad Thomas (Tim) O'Hara or anyone who may have any stories information etc. I have a picture of him onboard in December 1955

+1 #5 Lorraine Croke-Starr 2014-05-27 23:35
Well, we are getting names now. Assisting the Normandy interesting! We seem to have come from quiet heroes.
+1 #4 Painblanc 2014-05-27 14:38
My dad, Jean Painblanc, a Belgian man who had travel to join the British Army, had served on the Flint Castle in 1943-44 at the end of the 2nd WW. Deceded in last augustus, he told me very little of this period. I only know they were searching German submarine and the only way they know they succeeded in their mission was an oily spot on the top of the see. It seems they started from Campeltown to assist Normandy landing.
+1 #3 Chris Kinsey 2013-05-15 19:50
I, too, was looking for a crew list of the Flint Castle, as my dad sailed on her. He talked very little of the war, but mentioned the depth charges they used, as they brought up a lot of fish to the surface, which they cooked and ate I believe.
+1 #2 lorraine croke-starr 2012-10-10 23:35
Still seeking crew information.
+2 #1 jim croke 2012-09-20 12:24
looking for a crew list from flint castle, reason my dad has a carving of the ship he past in 1964, not able to find out about his career in the british navy can you help his name was robert thomas croke from st. johns nfld. canada thanks. his son jim croke

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