Windsor Castle under way
|Port of registry||London|
|Builder||William Pile, Sunderland|
|Launched||12 March 1857|
|Type||wooden-hulled sailing ship|
|Tonnage||1,075 GRT, 1,075 NRT|
|Length||195.5 ft (59.6 m)|
|Beam||36.2 ft (11.0 m)|
|Depth||22.5 ft (6.9 m)|
|Sail plan||full-rigged ship|
Windsor Castle was a wooden-hulled, three-masted sailing ship that was built in England in 1857 and wrecked off the coast of Cape Colony in 1884.
William Pile built Windsor Castle in his North Shore shipyard in Sunderland, launching her on 12 March 1857 and completing her that May. Her registered length was 195.5 feet (59.6 m), her beam was 36.2 feet (11.0 m) and her depth was 22.5 feet (6.9 m). Her tonnages were 1,075 GRT and 1,075 NRT.
The ship was built for Richard Green, who registered her in London. Her United Kingdom official number was 15822 and her code letters were LTVQ.
Windsor Castle sailed between England and Australia. The Queensland Migrant Shipping records show her carrying passengers between 1877 and 1881.
In 1876 Captain N Harrison was Windsor Castle's Master.
After she was extensively overhauled in July 1882, the government[clarification needed] sometimes chartered the ship to transport troops to Zanzibar and Sydney.
In 1882 Elias Cox of Bridport, Dorset bought Windsor Castle. According to Lloyd's Register she remained registered in London, but according to the Mercantile Navy List she was re-registered in Bridport.
In 1884 Windsor Castle was sailing from Cochin to London when a cyclone on 27–28 June washed the third officer overboard and swept away her rudder. She drifted for the next 12 days. Her remaining crew of 21 men then set her afire, abandoned her 35 nautical miles (65 km) off the coast of Algoa Bay, Cape Colony. The Norwegian barque Ophir rescued the crew.