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SS Durban Castle


Durban Castle......Murder at Sea

The Durban Castle was built in Belfast in 1938 to serve on Union Castle’s mail run to South Africa and she was converted to an infantry landing ship at the outbreak of the WWII, carrying troops during the invasions of North Africa, Italy and France. She later resumed her role as a mail ship and hit the headlines in 1947 when actress Gay Gibson was murdered by cabin steward James Camb on a voyage between Cape Town and Southampton. Camb claimed that she had died during sex and that he had panicked and disposed of her body by stuffing it through the porthole. He was convicted and jailed until 1959 when he was released on license and then jailed again from 1967 to 1978 after breaching its terms. The Durban Castle was sold for scrap in 1962.