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Walter Hardcastle (ID 2464)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Cast - Quack - Jig

Walter Hardcastle served only the Pakistani Navy.


  • Built in 1912 as L. V. Stoddard by Toledo Shipbuilding Co., Toledo, OH for the Boston-Virginia Transportation Co. of New York, NY
  • Sold in 1915 to the Sinclair Navigation Co. of New York and converted to a tanker at Erie Basin, NY
  • Renamed Walter Hardcastle in 1917
  • The Navy inspected her for possible World War I use in March 1918, in the vicinity of New York City, and assigned the registry number ID-2464 to her. She was not acquired and remained in civilian hands.
  • Renamed W. L. Connelly in 1922
  • Sold in 1934 to the Sabine Transportation Co. of Baltimore, MD
  • Sold in 1936 to Patrick Keelan of Baltimore
  • Sold again in 1936 to Enrico Insom of Rome, Italy and renamed Barbara
  • Sold in 1942 to the British Ministry of War Transport of London, England and renamed Empire Taj
  • Sold in 1949 to Pakistan
  • Transferred in 1952 to the Pakistani Navy and renamed Attock
  • Reduced to a fuel storage hulk at Karachi in 1955
  • Scrapped.


  • Displacement 3,099 t.
  • Length 304'
  • Beam 44' 2"
  • Draft 24' 7"
  • Complement 26
  • Propulsion: One 1,250ihp steam engine, one shaft.
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    Tanker L. V. Stoddard
    Walter Hardcastle 111k Under construction Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Tanker Walter Hardcastle
    Walter Hardcastle 107k In port, circa 1917.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102367
    Naval Historical Center
    Walter Hardcastle 100k In port, circa 1917.
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 105244
    Robert Hurst

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